Anantnag bypoll: Home ministry rejects EC’s Requirement for aditional security, Provides only 30,000 personnel

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has turned down a petition by the Election Commission for extra security forces for the Lok Sabha bypoll in militancy-hit Anantnag saying it could just spare 30,000 staff.

A file image of Srinagar bypoll which took place on 9 April 2017. PTI

A file picture of Srinagar bypoll that took place April 2017. PTI

This has been conveyed to the Election Commission, which is very likely to bring a view on whether to maintain the bypoll on 25 May or defer it . The chair was to go to surveys on 12 April that were postponed because of violence during the 9 April polling to get Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in which eight people were murdered.

A home ministry official said that the EC has been told that around 300 companies of personnel could be arranged during the Anantnag bypoll for deployment. A firm of paramilitary comprises around 100 employees.

After taking into consideration the view of the house ministry and report of its members who had seen the Kashmir Valley to get an on-the-spot assessment the EC might take a view on Wednesday.

Last week, the EC had asked the home ministry which May 12 puts at its disposal 740 companies of paramilitary forces so that proper deployment of forces may be undertaken.

The need seemed unprecedented as the survey body had sought forces for deployment from the assembly elections in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, that includes 403 assembly constituencies and 80 Lok Sabha seats.

Before, the EC had hunted 30,000 paramilitary personnel for the bypoll to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats.

There are around 10 paramilitary personnel below the control of the home ministry, but it is hard to build them from various parts of the country on such a short note, ” the official said.

Even the PDP, the ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, has encouraged the EC to defer indefinitely the bypoll to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in the wake of the “volatile situation” prevailing there.

Published Date: May 01, 2017 09:43 pm | Updated Date: May 01, 2017 09:43 pm

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