Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari on Sunday urged the election commission to hold legislative and parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir simultaneously.
Addressing a one-day workers’ meeting in Bishna, the former minister said the people of the Union Territory have been denied an elected government for the last five years.
“We demand holding of legislative assembly elections in J&K with upcoming parliamentary elections to end bureaucratic rule,” he said, also demanding immediate restoration of statehood in Jammu and Kashmir.
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He said the Supreme Court also directed the Center to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir by September 2024.
“The atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir has changed since the day the people of the erstwhile state were stripped of their special status (under Article 370) on August 5, 2019. They are eagerly waiting for an opportunity to elect their representatives who can protect their rights,” he said.
The Apni Party leader congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for adding four more communities to the list of scheduled tribes in J&K.