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The JK political parties had pitched state and Lok Sabha polls be held simeltaneously before a panel of commission, which visited the state last week. This comes amidst growing suspense over the poll dates for upcoming general elections.

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was dissolved in November a year ago, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the BJP withdrawing support to it in June. As a precautionary move, they had held back from announcing the final schedule though the season is set to get underway on March 23 and only released the fixtures for the first two weeks.

The Election Commission of India is expected to hold a press conference at 5pm today, seemingly to announce the dates for this year's Lok Sabha polls.

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday asked political parties not to create controversy on the issue of holding Lok Sabha polls during Ramzan and said there will be greater participation of Muslim community in the democratic exercise during that period. However, elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, which was dissolved after the ruling coalition between the BJP and the PDP fell apart, will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are going for the elections in the First Phase itself. Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha will be covered in four phases, Jammu and Kashmir in five, and Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal in seven phases.

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Mr Arora said the decision has been taken based on the input, constraint of availability of central forces and other logistics, requirement of forces for the security of candidates in wake of recent violence and other challenges. In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2. "I have written to the Election Commission for shifting the dates or trying to complete the election before May first week".

Senior CPM leader MY Tarigami said deferment of assembly polls will send out wrong signals to people within and outside the state.

Besides, if Parliament has to be constituted before June 3, then the Election Commission will definitely have to complete the election process before it, which will fall during the month of Ramzan, which will start on May 5 and finish on June 4, he said.

The Election Commission of India announced the election schedule for the entire country on Sunday.

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