2008 Polls Too Were Rigged: Baig

Kashmiri Leadership As Guilty Of Subverting Democracy In JK As New Delhi

Srinagar - Alleging that the ruling National Conference has a history of rigging elections, senior People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig Wednesday said that NC was a party of ‘goondas’ who came in power after rigging the 2008 elections.

“2008 elections were completely rigged and we have full proof of the unconstitutional activities done by their activists and their bosses. And this involves some of the top officials who were used by this party to make the so called democratic process normal,” In an exclusive interview with the Kashmir Observer, Baig said

“The polls were completely rigged. Let me give you examples of just three constituencies. In Rajouri, our candidate Tasadduq Hussain was ahead when votes were counted.  Later, when there was re-counting, he was declared unsuccessful by a margin of a few votes. Same happened in Kulgam. We were ahead and at the end, the government said that there were some migrant votes yet to be counted and then same was followed in Sonowar,” he said adding, “Migrant votes had to reach at a stipulated time and they have to be opened at the beginning of the counting. That was not done.”

The senior PDP leader alleged that NC has a history of rigging the elections and its leaders have imbibed this from their founder, (Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah) who according to him was involved in derailing the election process.

“This party (NC) has a history of rigging the elections and its leaders have imbibed this from their founder, who also was involved in derailing the election process,” Baig said.

He alleged that the ruling party brought in some people from different rural areas and placed them in police barracks, fire service stations and hospitals etc

“They (bogus voters) were allowed to go to the polling booths. Since there was a boycott, this helped the NC,” he said.

Lambasting the Kashmiri leadership, Baigh said it was as guilty of subverting democracy in Jammu and Kashmir as New Delhi.

“If someone in Uri wants to contest elections, he would have no choice to of his own. Its New Delhi who decides who to give mandate and when,” he said.

Meanwhile Baig urged the Hurriyat camp to join the electoral process, saying that would prove the NC’s base in the state.

“I would like if Hurriyat joins the electoral process in Kashmir, that will tell NC where they are and their bosses in New Delhi, what needs to be done to gain the people’s truth in the political process which they have lost,” he said.

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