Election Commission has taken big decision that non locals can cast their votes in coming Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections that will be held next year. Many parties criticizing Centre.
Srinagar: Election Commission has taken big decision that non locals can cast their votes in coming Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections that will be held next year. Many parties criticizing Centre. Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar issued an order that now Kashmiri people living in the state can get their names enrolled in the voter list during the assembly elections. According to the instructions of Hirdesh Kumar, now from the Armed Forces personnel posted in the state to the officers, everyone will be able to vote by including their names in the voter list.
Former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have sharply criticized the move, calling it a “dangerous attempt” to influence elections.
Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government for more than four years. Elections are expected next year.
A special revision of the electoral rolls will allow non-locals to register as voters in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time since the Centre scrapped its special status under Article 370 in 2019, changing the constitution to allow non-Kashmiris to vote and own land there.
Now registering her protest on this order, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti is holding a press conference. She targeted the BJP fiercely during this conference. She said that democracy is being destroyed in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir has become a laboratory for BJP.
GOIs decision to defer polls in J&K preceded by egregious gerrymandering tilting the balance in BJPs 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. https://t.co/zHzqaMseG6
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) August 17, 2022
She said that 25 lakh external voters have been included for voting in the coming assembly elections. BJP wants to bring the policy of Israel and Fascist Germany to Kashmir. BJP is destroying the Constitution. She said that BJP forms the government on the basis of money and ED. BJP wants to make a local fascist the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Democracy is in danger. They are simply trying to bring in 25 lakh BJP voters through the backdoor,” she added.
On the other hand, BJP retaliated on Mehbooba Mufti’s press conference and said that Mehbooba Mufti is living in another era. In fact, the shopkeepers of PDP and National Conference have ended, so they are talking like this. The BJP said that the PDP and the National Conference used to include Pakistani voters.