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Yasin Malik, Agnivesh held; police accept lapses in Narbal firing
April 18, 2015 04:51 PM
Police on Saturday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik and Swami Agnivesh in Srinagar. A police statement here has accepted that standard operating procedure (SOP) was violated by those security personnel who fired at a mob in Narbal village in which a teenager was killed during clashes. Malik and Agnivesh earlier sat on a symbolic hunger strike in Maisuma locality of Srinagar city along with activists of JKLF against the government's proposed decision to set up composite townships for migrant Pandits in the Kashmir Valley. Source: IANS
Shiv Sena demands 'ghar wapsi' of Kashmiri Pandits
April 14, 2015 01:43 PM
The Shiv Sena has demanded proper and honourable rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits of Jammu and Kashmir who were forced to flee their home-state over 25 years ago. "Jammu and Kashmir now has a stable government of the BJP and the PDP, and a strong administration led by Narendra Modi at the centre. Since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's government has been formed with the BJP support, he must take a decision on 'ghar wapsi' of displaced Kashmiri Pandits," it urged in an edit in Saamana on Tuesday. The Shiv Sena said that the decisions by Sayeed to release extremists and speak about their rehabilitation have raised doubts about what exactly he proposes to do to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland. Source: IANS
Kashmir council's chairman, deputy chairman elected unanimously
April 13, 2015 09:59 AM
Haji Anayat Ali and Jehangir Hussain Mir were on Sunday unanimously elected as chairman and deputy chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council. Announcing the result, a statement by the returning officer for the election in the upper house said that the motion for election of the chairman and deputy chairman was moved by Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, who is also the leader of the house, and seconded by Ramesh Arora. Felicitating the newly-elected chairman and deputy chairman, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said that the PDP-BJP coalition government created history by electing the deputy chairman from an opposition party which was never witnessed earlier. Source:
Kashmir governor nominates eight legislative council members
April 10, 2015 09:49 AM
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Thursday nominated eight members to the legislative council, the upper house of the state's bicameral legislature, following recommendations by the state government. Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Ashok Khajuria, Vikramaditya Singh, Romesh Arora, Saifuddin Bhat, Ajatshatru Singh, Mohammad Khurshid Alam and Surinder Mohan Ambardar were nominated as new members, said a notification issued by the state law, justice and parliamentary affairs department in Jammu. Source: IANS
'Rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits with safety, dignity'
April 09, 2015 02:02 PM
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated in the Valley with "safety and dignity". "The most hurtful bit is that people are saying no one (Kashmiri Pandits) wants to go back. No one wants to live as a refugee," said Jitendra Singh, minister of state in prime minister's office. He belongs to Jammu and Kashmir. He spoke as a controversy erupted against a proposal to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley in separate townships. "What has to be kept in mind is that Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated with safety and dignity," said the minister. 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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