Kashmir political leaders react strongly to reports that non-locals are able to participate in J&K elections

Kashmir political leaders react strongly to reports that non-locals are able to participate in J&K elections

Srinagar: Political leaders in Kashmir have strongly reacted to reports that residents who are living within Jammu & Kashmir even for working can cast votes in the coming assembly elections within the Union Territory, accusing the BJP of shifting the balance in its favor.

Kashmir political leaders react strongly to reports that non-locals are able to participate in J&K elections

Responding to reports from some media that stated that those who reside inside Jammu and Kashmir in order to education, work or business are eligible to vote in the coming elections for the assembly elections, Kashmiri Politicians Tweeted:

”Is the BJP so insecure about support from genuine voters of J&K that it needs to import temporary voters to win seats? None of these things will help the BJP when the people of J&K are given a chance to exercise their franchise,” National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the real aim of the process was to disempower the local population.
”GOIs decision to defer polls in J&K preceded by egregious gerrymandering tilting the balance in BJPs favour & now allowing non locals to vote is obviously to influence election results. Real aim is to continue ruling J&K with an iron fist to disempower locals,” Mufti said.

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone termed the move as ”dangerous” and said it will be ”disastrous”.

”This is dangerous. I don’t know what they want to achieve. This is much more than a mischief. Democracy is a relic especially in the context of Kashmir. Please remember 1987. We r yet to come out of that. Don’t replay 1987. It will be as disastrous,” Lone tweeted.

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