By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria / Hindustan Times

Political parties and leader across Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their disappointment in the submissions by the Union government in the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday.

After solicitor general Tushar Mehta submitted in the apex court that the Union government is ready for elections at any time in J&K but cannot provide a timeline for restoration of its statehood, former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti accused the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre of peddling lies before the SC. National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Conference (PC) and Apni Party expressed concern and said that there is nothing new what the Centre told the court.

The SC is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the revocation of provisions of Article 370 and 35-A. Mehta on Thursday told the apex court that the Election Commission has to take a call on conducting polls in the region.

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