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AFSPA will continue in Jammu and Kashmir: Rajnath
July 02, 2015 05:38 PM
The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces, will continue in Jammu and Kashmir till it is needed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Talking to reporters Srinagar, the minister said that AFSPA in the state would be revoked only when the situation was conducive. "I pray to God that AFSPA is not needed anywhere in the country," Singh said, adding that all the stakeholders would have to cooperate in order to revoke the act. Asked if there were plans to talk to Kashmiri separatist groups, he said there was no such proposal. Source: IANS
Vohra, Rajnath visit Amarnath cave shrine
July 02, 2015 05:33 PM
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir's Anantnag district. The annual Amarnath Yatra started on Thursday as over 8,000 pilgrims left from two base camps in Kashmir for the Himalayan cave shrine. An official spokesman said that Vohra and Rajnath Singh on Thursday attended the traditional Pratham Puja heralding the beginning of the Amarnath Yatra. Vohra is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the annual Hindu yatra. Source: IANS
Rajnath Singh in Kashmir on two-day visit
July 02, 2015 10:19 AM
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Immediately after his arrival in Sri Nagar, he reviewed the overall security situation in the state including the security arrangements made for this year's Amarnath Yatra beginning on Thursday. Senior officials of the state government, central paramilitary forces and those of the state and central intelligence agencies attended the meeting. Singh stressed on better synergy and coordination among various agencies to ensure foolproof security for the Yatra. Source: IANS
Jammu and Kashmir government sacks 63 'tainted' civil servants
July 01, 2015 10:33 AM
In a closely guarded move, the Jammu and Kashmir government overnight served sealed cover letters to 63 officials conveying their forced retirement from civil services. Special messengers delivered sealed cover letters containing orders of forced retirement to the government officials at their places of posting/residences across the state late on Tuesday evening. Official sources said that the list of "highly tainted" government officials had been given to Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed by a committee headed by Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday. "The process to cleanse the administration was started the day the new government took over on March 1. Source: IANS
Rajnath Singh to review security of Amarnath Yatra
June 30, 2015 11:02 AM
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Srinagar on Wednesday on a two-day visit to review the security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra and offer prayers at the Himalayan cave shrine on July 2. The home minister will review the security arrangements for this year's Amarnath Yatra along with Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior officials of state and central security forces on Wednesday, official sources here told media persons. "He will also be part of the first batch of devotees to visit the Holy Amarnath Shrine on July 2," a senior state government official said. This year's 59-day long pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine in South Kashmir's Anantnag district will begin on July 2 and conclude on August 29. Source: IANS

About Jammu & Kashmir Elections

Jammu and Kashmir has always been a matter of dispute between India and the neighbouring Pakistan. Just as in other states of India, J&K also has a multi-party democratic system of governance. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) collectively have the biggest presence in the state legislative assembly at the moment. In the J&K assembly elections held in November-December 2014, the PDP won most number of seats (28), while the BJP was able to manage 25 seats in the 87-member assembly.

Quick facts for Jammu and Kashmir Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies
Assembly Constituencies 87
Ruling PartyPDP - BJP alliance
Opposition PartyJammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC)
Chief MinisterMufti Mohammad Sayeed
GovernorNarinder Nath Vohra
Chief Electoral OfficerUmang Narula
AddressOffice of the Chief Electoral Officer, Old Secretariat, Srinagar (May to Oct)
The 2002 Assembly Elections in the Jammu and Kashmir proved to be a turning point in the political history of the state. The elections restored people's faith in the democracy of Jammu and Kashmir as they braved the boycott call of the separatists and threat of militant attacks. It was the first time when PDP came into power and soon a new chapter was written in the political realm of the state. In the 2008 Assembly polls of Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference won 28 seats, People's Democratic Party bagged 21 seats and the Congress took 17 seats. While the BJP registered victory in 11 seats, others managed 10 seats.

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About Jammu & Kashmir Elections Quick facts for J and K Elections J and K Assembly Elections 2014 Summary
J and K Lok Sabha Elections Summary 2014 J and K Administrative structure Issues of Jammu and Kashmir
Political Parties in Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council
List of Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir List of Governors of Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of J and K

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections 2014 Summary

The Election Commission of India (ECI) sent a team to Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation in the state and decide on when the assembly elections should be held. The team, headed by Vinod Zutshi (Deputy Election Commissioner), was in Jammu on a three-day visit beginning 7 October 2014. It held a meeting with J&K CEO Umang Narula. On his visit, the Deputy Election Commissioner met representatives of various political parties from the state to review the situation. Finally, it was decided that assembly elections in the state will be held in five phases from 25 November to 23 December. As per the official data of the Election Commission of India, the state had a total of 69,33,118 eligible voters before the 2014 assembly elections.

Major political parties that contested the elections for the 87-member state assembly were- People's Democratic Party (PDP), Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Before December 2014, the JKNC and INC made up the majority in the state legislature, with 28 and 17 seats respectively.

The victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in all the three Lok Sabha seats in the Kashmir valley was seen as a positive sign for the party as it prepared for the assembly elections. The elections to the state legislative assembly took place in five installments on 25 November, 2 December, 9 December, 14 December and 20 December, 2014. Over 76% voter turnout was recorded during the polls. The results of the elections were announced on 23 December 2014, according to which, the PDP won most number of seats with its tally reaching 28. The BJP emerged as the second largest party with 25 seats. The ruling JKNC settled for 15 seats, while the Congress had to be content with just 12 of the 87 assembly seats. Seven seats went to others.

Jammu and Kashmir Lok Sabha Elections Summary 2014

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Jammu & Kashmir, both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bagged three seats each. J&K has only six Lok Sabha seats, for which elections took place in five different phases. A low voter turnout was reported in all phases.

J&K is a very sensitive state considering the number of issues plaguing it. The question of the civilian rights, Kashmiri Pandits, Kashmiri migrants, and separatist movement are some of the issues that have lingered on for long. Presently, the state is ruled by a PDP-BJP alliance and PDP's chief patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is the Chief Minister.

J and K Administrative structure

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The state has a special status within the union government of India. Unlike the rest of the states, Jammu and Kashmir enjoys special autonomy under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The Union government has direct legislative powers only in matters of defence, foreign policy, and communications within the state and has indirect influence in matters of citizenship, Supreme Court jurisdiction, and emergency powers. Under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the governor is the head of state, and is appointed by the President of India. He is assisted by the Chief Minister and a council of ministers. The legislature consists of two houses: the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) and the Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad). The members of Vidhan Parishad are elected by various groups of politicians, local administrators and educators. A few of them are elected by the Governor. The state sends six members to the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Parliament) and six members, elected jointly by the Legislative Assembly and Council, to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Parliament). The High Court consists of a chief justice and 11 other judges, who are appointed by the President of India.

Issues of Jammu and Kashmir

Some of the major issues that have dominated the electoral process in the state include the self-rule or autonomy for J&K, separatism, militancy, presence of security forces, AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) and other issues including unemployment, poor infrastructure and lack of electricity and water.

For many years, militancy has been a major hindrance to the development of the state. Economic development comes as a result of investment and a region that is marred by political instability and armed conflict cannot expect to attract investments.

The issue of unemployment among the youth poses a big challenge for the political parties. Due to lack of employment opportunities, the young population is taking to drugs and insurgency.

Political Parties in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) Indian National Congress (INC)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP)

The state political parties in Jammu and Kashmir include:

All Jammu and Kashmir Patriotic Peoples Front Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir)
Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party Mallah Insaf Party
Praja Parishad Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly

Jammu and Kashmir has a bicameral legislature and the Legislative Assembly or Vidhan Sabha is the lower house of the legislature. The first legislature of Jammu and Kashmir was that of the Maharaja Hari Singh in 1934. However, it was not considered democratic as there were restrictions on the participation of any political party. Later, when first free democratic elections were held in the state in 1951, the National Conference got a majority in the new constituent assembly with Sheikh Abdullah as the head of government. There are a total of 87 members in the Legislative Assembly and they serve the assembly for a six-year term (The term of the legislative assembly is five years in all other Indian states). While the assembly is administered by the Speaker, the leader of the house is the Chief Minister.

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council

The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council or the Jammu and Kashmir Vidhan Parishad constitutes the upper house of the legislature of the state. The members of this house serve a fixed six-year term with one-third of the members retiring every two years. There are 36 seats in the council.

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Election Results:

List of Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir

Sl. No.Chief Ministers of Jammu and KashmirFromToParty
1Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Mar 1, 2015IncumbentPDP
2Governor's RuleJan 8, 2015Mar 1, 2015--
3Omar AbdullahJan 5, 2009Dec 24, 2014JKNC
4Governor's RuleJul 11, 2008Jan 5, 2009--
5Ghulam Nabi AzadNov 2, 2005Jul 11, 2008INC
6Mufti Mohammad SayeedNov 2, 2002Nov 2, 2005PDP
7Governor's RuleOct 18, 2002Nov 2, 2002--
8Farooq AbdullahOct 9, 1996Oct 18, 2002JKNC
9Governor's RuleJan 19, 1990Oct 9, 1996--
10Farooq AbdullahNov 7, 1986Jan 19, 1990JKNC
11Governor's RuleMar 6, 1986Nov 7, 1986--
12Ghulam Mohammad ShahJul 2, 1984Mar 6, 1986JKANC
13Farooq AbdullahSep 8, 1982Jul 2, 1984JKNC
14Sheikh AbdullahJul 9, 1977Sep 8, 1982JKNC
15Governor's RuleMar 26, 1977Jul 9, 1977--
16Sheikh AbdullahFeb 25, 1975Mar 26, 1977JKNC
17Syed Mir QasimDec 12, 1971Feb 25, 1975INC
18Ghulam Mohammed SadiqMar 30, 1965Dec 12, 1971INC

List of Governors of Jammu and Kashmir

Sl. No.Governors of Jammu and KashmirFromTo
1Narinder Nath VohraJun 25, 2008Incumbent
2S.K. SinhaJun 4, 2003Jun 25, 2008
3Girish Chandra SaxenaMay 2, 1998Jun 4, 2003
4K. V. Krishna RaoMar 12, 1993May 2, 1998
5Girish Chandra SaxenaMay 26, 1990Mar 12, 1993
6JagmohanJan 19, 1990May 26, 1990
7K. V. Krishna RaoJul 1989Jan 19, 1990
8JagmohanApr 26, 1984Jul 1989
9Braj Kumar NehruFeb 22, 1981Apr 26, 1984
10Lakshmi Kant JhaJul 3, 1973Feb 22, 1981
11Bhagwan SahayMay 15, 1967Jul 3, 1973
12Yuvraj (Crown Prince) Dr. Karan SinghMar 30, 1965May 15, 1967

Cabinet Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir of MinisterMinistryParty
1Mufti Mohammad SayeedChief MinisterPDP
2Dr Nirmal Kumar SinghDeputy Chief Minister, Power Development and Housing & Urban Development.BJP
3Abdul Rehman Bhat (Veeri)Horticulture and Haj & AuqafPDP
4Chander ParkashIndustries and CommerceBJP
5Javaid Mustafa MirRevenue PDP
6Lal SinghHealth & Medical Education and ARI & TrainingsBJP
7Abdul Haq KhanRural DevelopmentPDP
8Bali BhagatSocial Welfare, Forest, Ecology and EnvironmentBJP
9Syed Basharat Ahmed BukhariLaw, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs and Relief & RehabilitationPDP
10Mr Sukhnandan KumarPublic Health Engineering and Irrigation & Flood ControlBJP
11Chowdhary Zulfkar AliConsumer Affairs & Public Distribution and Tribal AffairsPDP
12Sajad Gani LoneScience & Technology and Animal HusbandryJKPC
13Haseeb A. DrabuFinance, Labour & Employment and CulturePDP
14Ghulam Nabi LoneAgriculture ProductionPDP
15Syed Mohammad Altaf BukhariPublic Works, Floriculture and Gardens & ParksPDP
16Imran Raza AnsariInformation Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and SportsPDP
17Naeem AkhterMinister for EducationPDP
18Chering DorjayMinister of State for Cooperative (Independent Charge) and MoS Ladakh AffairsBJP
19Abdul Majid PadderMinister of State for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation & Flood Control, Animal Husbandry and ForestPDP
20Sunil Kumar SharmaMinister of State for Public Works (R&B) and RevenueBJP
21Mohammad Ashraf MirMinister of State for Industries and Commerce, Power Development and Housing & Urban DevelopmentPDP
22Abdul Ghani KohliMinister of State for Transport (Independent Charge), MoS Rural Development and HorticultureBJP
23Priya SethiMinister of State for Information, Education and CultureBJP
24Pawan Kumar Gupta Minister of State for Finance and Information TechnologyBJP
25Asiya NaqashMinister of State for Health and Social WelfarePDP
*Note:- All Other departments/subjects not assigned to any of the above Ministers shall remain with the Chief Minister

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir

Umang Narula (IAS) is the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir. He is also the Commissioner and Secretary to Government of the Election Department. During the months of May-October, the official address of the CEO is Block-A, Old Secretariat, Srinagar. However, from November to April, the official address is 2nd Floor, Vikas Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu. For more details click here.

Last Updated on March 5, 2015

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