Low voter turnout reflects anger, resentment of people: Omar

SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday blamed the PDP and New Delhi for low voter turnout in Tuesday’s polling in Anantnag and said it was a message to all politicians that people do not like opportunistic politics.

“There is anger and resentment among the people and that is the reason that there was no voting in some areas,” he told reporters at Kulgam in south Kashmir.

In the first phase of polls in the Anantnag Lok Sabhs seat Tuesday, Bijbehara assembly segment recorded a voter turnout of 2.04 per cent, while the overall turnout was 13.61 per cent in the constituency where polls are being held in three phases due to security reasons.

“The way the people in Anantnag and Bijbehara expressed their anger, not only Delhi, but PDP leadership as well should think about the atrocities inflicted upon the people of the state in the last four-and-a-half, five years. I may not have seen such amount of disgruntlement and disillusionment in my life the way I am seeing today,” he said. (AGENCIES)