The Election Commission (EC) kicked-off 'Mission Jammu and Kashmir' to review the poll preparedness, even as majority of the political parties pitched for simultaneous General and Assembly elections in the terror plagued state.
Led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora, the high-level delegation of the Election Commission arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The EC team met several national and state political parties and most of them including National Conference and Congress pitched for simultaneous General and Assembly elections.
BJP said they were ready for polls any time while its former ally the PDP chose words carefully and said "early polls" should be held.
"National Conference is of the view that Assembly elections should be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls. There is nothing which suggests irrationally of not having the two elections together", said National Conference delegation led by General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar.
Congress delegation too said the elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly should be held together. "Both elections should be held together. We gave reasons that why both polls should be held together," said Taj Mohidin, senior Congress leader who was leading three member delegation.
PDP, however, played cautiously saying the elections should be held at the earliest without going into specifics. "We said governor's rule is a stopgap arrangement it is not the permanent solution. Free and fair polls should be held so that elected government comes into being. There is no alternative to civilian government," said Abdul Rehman Veeri, PDP vice president and head of the delegation.
BJP, said they are ready for polls any time in Jammu and Kashmir. "We said we are ready for polls any time," said Altaf Thakur, state spokesman of BJP.
Jammu and Kashmir was placed under president's rule on December 20 and as per the law the elections to the assembly has to be held within six months.