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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

The Jammu and Kashmir administration is mulling over the revival of democratic activities for the much-awaited Assembly elections likely by the end of this year. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) likely discussed the issue with Lieutenant Governor Manoh Sinha during his visit to Delhi on Tuesday. Official sources said the L-G met Home Minister Amit Shah and Home Secretary AK Bhalla to discuss the ground situation in the Union Territory and other regular administrative work.

However, the meeting triggered speculations about possible administrative and political changes here. The arrival of 500 companies of paramilitary forces in the UT also made people speculate a “big development” in the Valley.

Government sources said the return of paramilitary forces to the Valley was merely a routine activity as many companies were moved out before the recently-concluded polls in the five states/UT.

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration also met after six months to discuss the “prevailing uncertainty” in J&K amid rumours of the Centre planning a fresh bifurcation. The National Conference (NC)-led five-party alliance met at Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti’s residence on Wednesday.

Farooq Abdullah, NC chief, said that the alliance reached the Supreme Court over the delimitation process in J&K, adding that a further course of action will be decided after the SC verdict on the matter. “We’re in Supreme Court on the delimitation process. Once the decision comes, we’ll decide further course of action,” he said on Wednesday.

While addressing party leaders on Tuesday, Abdullah had said that he was not against the delimitation in the UT but the method in which the exercise was being carried out.

The Centre has extended the tenure of the delimitation commission, constituted in March 2020 and slated to end in March this year, by one year. J&K leaders called the exercise unconstitutional and challenged the matter in court.