Press Trust of IndiaJammu, Jan 16:
Batting for early assembly elections, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya PalMalik has said all political parties, except Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party, want early polls.
"The government has sought opinion from everybody - all political parties and security agencies. We have talked to all. The government cannot decide it, it is for the Election Commission to decide (the poll schedule)," Malik told PTI here in an interview.
He made the remarks in reply to a query if the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls be held together in view of the security scenario in the state.
"There is a difference of opinion among political parties (on timing of the state assembly polls). Some want it to be delayed by two months, others by four, while yet others want it to be held as soon as possible," he said.
Malik said while the state BJP wanted the state assembly polls to be held along with the Lok Sabha elections, the National Conference wanted it to be held as soon as possible.
"The PDP, however, wants it (assembly polls) to be delayed," he added.
The Governor, however, maintained that the ECI would ultimately be deciding the poll schedule, factoring in the requirement and availability of the forces and other conditions.
The governor, however, personally batted for an early election.
"I want the polls to be held as soon possible, so that I come out of this," he added.
While favouring an early poll in the state, Governor Malik wished the elections to be violence-free, just like the recent municipal and panchayat polls.
"I pray the assembly and Parliament polls are held without any casualty and with the largest possible participation of voters," he said.