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Election Commission of India deciding to undertake summary revision of electoral rolls in J&K and exclude three poll-bound states from the exercise has put a question mark over the fate of Assembly polls in the state.

In a communiqué to Chief Electoral Officers of different states on 25 July, the central poll body directed them to undertake summary revision of the rolls.

However, three states – Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra – where polls are slated in October-November – have been left-out of the exercise.

“The Commission, taking all aspects into consideration, has directed to undertake special summary revision of photo electoral rolls of intensive nature w.r.t 01.01. 2020 as qualifying date in all states/union territories (except Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra),” reads the ECI letter.

The Commission has ordered summary revision in J&K even as it has already announced to take a call on schedule of the J&K polls after conclusion of Amarnath Yatra.

The summary revision would be completed on 1 January 2020 with final publication of electoral rolls. But, as per precedence, summary revision is not undertaken in poll-bound states.

The ECI spokesperson Sheyphali Sharan told Greater Kashmir that since no decision has been taken yet on J&K poll dates, summary revision exercise was ordered like in other non-poll bound states.

The terms of Jharkhand, Haryana and Maharashtra Assemblies would respectively end on January 5, November 2 and November 11.

The J&K Assembly was dissolved on 21 November last year after Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference separately staked claims to form a government in the state.

The state is without an elected government since 20 June last year when BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti-led government.

After failing to hold elections within six months from dissolution of J&K Assembly, the ECI had said it would announce schedule for J&K Assembly polls after culmination of the Yatra in August.