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First time in 33 years, polls held without boycott call from Pak stooges
11/28/2020 11:51:27 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Nov 28: As District Development Council polls were held on Saturday amid the large number of people exercising their franchise, history was subtly in the making. For the first time, there was no election boycott call since the outbreak of militancy in Kashmir
Ever since the polls were held after the Assembly elections of 1987, the separatists and Pakistan stooges in Kashmir used to issue a stringent boycott call, warning people not to vote. Till last year, the boycott call for each and every election in Kashmir used to remain as a hallmark of separatist groups in toto. However, a tectonic shift in separatist politics is being witnessed in an otherwise strife torn Kashmir valley with no boycott call issued for the first time in the last 33 years. “It is a welcome sign that the separatists have finally realised that the calls in no way fructify and yield no results. This is the history in the making as people for the first time are voting in DDC polls with no boycott call around the corner,” said a leader from a mainstream political group. Prior to this, for the first time, accession day on October 26 was celebrated with a gazetted holiday in Kashmir, there was interestingly no strike call issued by the separatists on October 27- something that used to be a regular practice of these groups. Not even a single statement was issued by any of the separatist leaders about October 27 or asking people to observe a strike on this day. This is the reason that people fearlessly travelled on roads and vehicles were plying in a normal manner. Last year even ahead of the abrogation of Article 370, when Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Valley, the separatists including Geelani for the first time since the eruption of militancy in 1990, issued no strike call on the Home Minister’s visit. Post Abrogation of 370, separatists have issued no strike or chalo calls.
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