People express anger by high voter turnout in Srinagar: Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti addressing public rally in Qazigund area.
Mehbooba Mufti addressing public rally in Qazigund area.

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 14: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today said that voters turned out in large numbers in the Srinagar Parliamentary constituency to express their opposition to the decisions made in August 2019.

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Talking to reporters after addressing party workers in the Killam area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Mufti said that the reason for yesterday’s highest voter turnout was that people wanted to set a clear message for BJP and New Delhi that they are against those decisions which were taken in and after August 2019 after the abrogation of Art 370.
She said people in J&K have been feeling suffocated and their high voter turnout was a way to break free from this suffocation.
“People came to vote to give a message that whatever decisions regarding jobs, land and resources were taken in August 2019 and after that, are unacceptable to them,” she said.
The PDP chief said the good turnout in the Srinagar Parliamentary seat will be followed by similar participation in the Anantnag-Rajouri and north Kashmir seats.
“The situation in Srinagar and Anantnag is the same and people in the Anantnag seat will also come to vote for their candidate who will raise their voice in parliament,” she said.
Mufti alleged that authorities were deliberately delaying the voting process wherever they found people in large numbers coming to vote in favour of the PDP.
She requested voters of other constituencies to stay in line till they won’t cast votes. She said the Election Commission of India (ECI) must intervene in this matter.
In her address, Mufti questioned the efficacy of the NC saying that if their tallest leader failed to do anything then how can their junior leader do anything.
“When a tall leader like Farooq Abdullah who is a four-time Chief Minister and three-time Member Parliament failed to do anything for the people of J&K, then what will these NC leaders achieve if elected now,” she asked.
Without naming the Apni Party, she accused their leaders of threatening people and asking them to vote in their favour. “The NC is seeking votes on the basis of creed now, and there is another party-I call them tie-wearing Ikhwanis. When the PDP formed the Government in 2002, it ended the Ikhwan culture, but a new breed of Ikhwanis has emerged. They threaten people, claiming that if they do not vote in their favor, they will repeat 1947. This cabal is aware of the fact that it will lose its security deposits, but it has been mandated to stop Mehbooba Mufti from reaching parliament. These elements are doing everything they can to stop this progress,” she added.