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Polls a prerogative of election panel, 7 plots bought by outsiders after Article 370 abrogation: Modi govt tells Parliament

The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday said holding polls in Jammu and Kashmir was the prerogative of India’s Election Commission and stressed that statehood would be granted to them at an “appropriate time”.

Replying to written questions in the Rajya Sabha or the upper house of the Parliament, India’s junior minister for home affairs Nityanand Rai said the decision to schedule elections in the Union territory was the prerogative of the Election Commission of India.

The erstwhile state was converted into a union territory on August 5, 2019, and bifurcated into Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

In reply to another part of the question about any timeline for granting statehood, the minister said, “Statehood would be granted to Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time.”

In reply to another question about the purchase of lands, the minister said that according to the information provided by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, a total of seven plots have been bought by people from outside.

“All the seven plots are located in the Jammu division,” the minister said.

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