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Omar questioning PM intriguing
What has NC to do with civic elections?
10/14/2018 10:57:59 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Oct 14: NC vice-president Omar Abdullah has questioned PM Narendra Modi's Kashmir policy and asked him why was their low voter turnout in Kashmir? He, in fact, tweeted on Saturday and his tweet read: "From the highest turnouts since 1987 in 2014 to the lowest turnouts ever recorded in 2018 why is the Modi Government able to get away with its disastrous handing of Kashmir almost unquestioned?"
Omar Abdullah is not that naïve that he didn't know the reasons behind the low voter turnout in all the three phases of civic polls in Kashmir. He knew all the reasons and three> One was that separatists like Geelani, Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik repeatedly urged the people of Kashmir belonging to a particular religious group to boycott the polls arousing popular passions in the Valley and giving a communal colour to the whole exercise. The other was the threat held out by terror outfits that the people of Kashmir would be responsible if anything untoward happened to them. In other words, the warned the common people to hold aloof from the ongoing electoral exercise failing which they would be taught a lesson. And the third reason was the NC and the PDP themselves. Both these parties had announced their decision not to contest civic and panchayat polls on the ground that for them Article 35A was more sacrosanct than elections.
It was on September 7 that NC president took a complete U-turn and announced the decision that his party would not contest the civic and panchayat polls as the Government of India had failed to reassure the people of Kashmir that nothing would be done to Article 370. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti announced a similar decision four days later.
It was not just that Geelanis, Mirwaizs and Maliks and terror organizations which urged people of Kashmir to stay away from the polling stations. The NC, the PDP, the CPI-M and all other marginal political groups also played negative role. Each one of them frightened the people of Kashmir that New Delhi could play any mischief to dilute or repeal Article 35-A. The fact of the matter is that all Kashmiri leaders, separatists and otherwise, did all to persuade the people of Kashmir to held aloof from the electoral process and the frightened people obeyed their diktats.
Omar Abdullah should ask himself and others of his ilk in Kashmir as to why there was a very low voter turnout in Kashmir. He and others of his ilk should also ask himself and other Kashmiri leaders as to why the people of Jammu and Ladakh exercised their right to franchise on an unprecedented scale. It's no use holding PM Narendra Modi responsible for the low voter turn out in Kashmir.
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