Srinagar, August 17 (KMS): From general public to Hurriyat leadership and politicians from across the aisle in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir have categorically rejected the Modi government’s decision to allow its citizens to vote in the so-called Kashmir Assembly elections.
APHC leaders in their statements issued in Srinagar termed the move as an attempt by the Modi regime to install a BJP chief minister in IIOJK as well as to dilute the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. The leaders said that the decision was in contravention to the resolutions of the United Nations on Kashmir, and urged the international community to punish India for going against the World Body’s mandate.
Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti reacting sharply to the announcement said that the move was aimed at further disempowering the local residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
The PDP President said, “Indian government’s decision to defer polls in J&K preceded by egregious gerrymandering tilting the balance in BJP’s favour & now allowing non locals to vote is obviously to influence election results. Real aim is to continue ruling J&K with an iron fist to disempower locals.”
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President and the former Chief Minister of Jammu Kashmir, Omar Abdullah said BJP is planning to import voters to the Kashmir valley who can vote for the party.
“Is the BJP so insecure about support from genuine voters of J&K that it needs to import temporary voters to win seats? None of these things will help the BJP when the people of J&K are given a chance to exercise their franchise,” Omar Abdullah said.