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Balakot air strike was carried out due to elections: Farooq Abdullah

Jammu | Ever since the Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Arora announced the Lok Sabha schedule, there has been a lot of uproar over the withheld state elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Elections for six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in five phases

Farooq Abdullah, National Conference leader objected to the decision of not holding the state polls,” All parties are in favour of holding simultaneous polls. The environment is conducive for Lok Sabha polls but not state polls in J&K? Local body polls were held peacefully, there are enough forces present, then why can’t state elections be held?”, as quoted by ANI.

Abdullah accused the government of carrying out the Balakot air strike due to the upcoming elections.

“We always knew that there would be a fight or a skirmish with Pakistan. This surgical strike (airstrike) was done as elections are approaching. We lost an aircraft worth crores. Be thankful that the pilot (IAF) survived & returned from Pakistan with respect”, he alleged.

Election Commission yesterday announced dates for Lok Sabha polls. Lok Sabha elections will be held in the state from April 11 in five phases. However, poll panel deferred the decision to hold simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and Assembly in the state, citing security reasons.

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