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Defeating terror threats, Kishtwar District witnessed 66% voter turn out
4/19/2019 12:11:26 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report

Kishtwar, Apr 18: In a major setback to anti national elements wants to disturb the peace, communal harmony and brotherhood by killing the Parihar brothers and top RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma in a broad day light, 66% voters today exercised their voting rights in Kishtwar District.
As per the details, large number of people in 51 Kishtwar Assembly as well as 52 Inderwal Assembly segment of Kishtwar District to come out of their homes to cast their votes including large number of females were seen waiting for their turn to cast their votes.
As per the official data 120270 people including 63965 male and 56305 female voters cast their votes in two constituencies of Kishtwar District.
The people attributed less voting percentage in Kishtwar to imposition of curfew in the District by the Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar who is at receiving end in wake of the aftermath of killing of RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma as the shadow of recent terror activities in the District could been seen visible on the faces of the common people who were demanding arrest of the culprits involved behind the killings of Parihar brothers, RSS leader and his PSO beside immediate transfer of DC Kishtwar.
Among the many voters who come to vote is 95 year old Chander Mohan Gupta who walked 300 meters to the polling booth. He speaks in pauses and goes breathless after walking with a help of a stand and was supported by his grand children. But the enthusiasm to be part of democracy has not died down even after voting for more than six decades. He was simply punching the EVM for better facilities and the development in his village.
Arif Hussain is a 28 year old youth who lives in Poochal village near the Kishtwar town. He is voting in a hope to get regularized in his department as he currently works as an ad-hoc arrangement in JK government. He is bitter with government for not helping disabled like him by implementing the reservation quota for the handicapped. Like nanogenarian Gupta, he too hopes his vote will bring in a change.
But voters like Sanjit Kumar and Raj Kumar Badyal, a Congress leader are unhappy with government for not being able to apprehend the culprits behind the assassination of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar who were killed last November and the recent killing of an RSS ideologue named Chanderkant Sharma. They are angry and are voting for a change.
"Our MP never bother to attend the board meetings-he fail to reach out to the people-During elections he too flew over Kishtwar and even did not fulfill its promise" said Sanjit Kumar.
Raj Kumar Badyal while condemning the killings of Parihar brothers and RSS leader question the timing of the killings added that Parihar brothers were killed when Panchayat elections were round the corner while Chanderkant Sharma was killed ahead of Parliamentary elections and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved behind the gruesome murders.
Mehboob Qazi said that people should have understand the value of the vote and he wants to contribute in the development of the country by casting his vote. He said that there is a fear psychosis among the people following the killing of Chanderkant Sharma and Parihar brothers. He said that killing of Chanderkant Sharma is administrative failure.
Susheel Kumar Sharma, close friend of late RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma said that he voted for development, terrorism and want to see an end to terrorism so that people could leave peacefully. He said that the people were in distress over the continuous killings of people added that administration look blinded towards the issue of safeguarding the lives of the common people. He said that the continuous curfew in the district also made direct impact on the polling percentage as most of the working class people doing jobs outside District Kishtwar fail to come for exercising their voting rights due to curfew.
Some employees engaged in poll duty in Drabshala block of Kishtwar District allege that the RDD officials who had been assigned the duty to provide food to the polling staff fail in the same and they have to arrange the dinner as well lunch through its own sources with the help of some locals as RDD officials fail to serve the food to them.
Meanwhile understanding the importance of the vote, a groom identified as Rajesh Kumar had arrived at polling station in Khara area of Gundow for casting his vote before his Bharat departure towards the house of the bride.
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