National Conference leader Omar Abdullah favours early Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and has expressed the hope that the people of the state will give mandate for a single party rule, instead of a coalition government in the state as has been witnessed since 2002.
In an interview to PTI, the former chief minister saidassembly election in the state can be held in a three-to-five week period soonafter the Lok Sabha polls are over as adequate security forces will beavailable.
The final phase of Lok Sabha election is on May 19 and thecounting of votes is on May 23.
"We definitely have a window (after the Lok Sabha pollsand before Amarnath Yatra). It is possible to hold assembly elections in J-Kover a three-to-five-week period. You can start with the last couple of phasesof Parliament elections, if you like. Then you have the entire month of June tohave elections," Abdullah said.
The NationalConference vice president said he had no reason to believe that ElectionCommission was not looking at the possibility of conducting the assemblyelection in the state at the earliest.
He, however, said there should not be any delay in polls dueto Amarnath Yatra, which starts from the first week of July, as the annualpilgrimage to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas is limited to twoassembly segments.
There is heavy security deployment for Amarnath Yatra in thestate due to fear of attacks.