No Early Elections In J&K, Says Manmohan Singh
9 July 2005
The Hindustan Times
London: Rejecting suggestions of early elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the Centre was ready for dialogue with those outside the electoral process if they shun violence. 'We have had elections in Jammu and Kashmir which were described by international observers as free and fair.... Elections are due to the J and K Assembly only after three years,' Singh said. Observing that there were some elements in Jammu and Kashmir who were outside the electoral process, he said 'to find a credible and meaningful solution we are prepared to hold dialogue with such groups provided they shun the path of violence.' The Prime Minister said there was an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir and elections were due only after three years. However, Singh noted that there were instances like in Mizoram where militant leaders had been brought into the electoral process and were a part of the government.