Holding timely elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be test for Modi, says Omar Abdullah

Srinagar: Holding elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of Kashmir over the last five years, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said Monday.

“Will the Modi government bow before those forces of separatism & terror that have always sought to disrupt/delay polls in J&K or will poll take place on schedule? The moment of truth for PM Modi’s handling of Kashmir over the last 5 years,” Abdullah wrote on his Twitter handle.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was reacting to media reports that the Election Commission of India will take a call on holding Assembly polls together with the Lok Sabha election after a visit to the state this week. Abdullah said except for an odd by-election, all elections in Jammu and Kashmir since 1995-96 have been held as per schedule.

Will PM Modi be able to keep to this schedule or will he accept he’s totally mishandled J&K? The next few days will give us the answer,” he added.

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