In Jammu And Kashmir’s Pulwama, A Huge Challenge To Get People To Vote

Omar Abdullah is heard asking supporters to vote on May 6 only if they find situation conducive to vote.

Pulwama: 

It’s an unusual election meeting in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, yet to completely recover from the effects of February’s terror attack that left 40 paramilitary soldiers dead. Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister, is heard asking supporters to vote on May 6 only if they find situation conducive to vote.

Mr Abdullah’s party National Conference is trying to fill the vacuum in the erstwhile People’s Democratic Party (PDP) bastion where its chief and his rival Mehbooba Mufti, who is running for the ongoing national elections, could not hold even a single rally because of fear and public anger.

Mr Abdullah raised issue of human rights violations and urges people that it’s only the power of their vote which can highlight their problems before parliament.

“We want your voice should be raised in parliament where we can seek answers for this oppression. Nocturnal crackdowns, arrests, detention of youth under PSA (Public Safety Act), torture of youth in custody,” said Omar Abdullah.

It’s difficult to say if his message is getting through. Voters say it’s precisely the issue of human rights violations and alleged atrocities which will force them to boycott polls.

At Muran village, Mohammad Ismael Sheikh, a retired government employee says he will not vote because he was rounded up by police during a nocturnal raid on Monday.

“If they don’t beat people, if they don’t harass…

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