Shariq admits tough fight

kupwara: NC-Congress candidate for North Kashmir Sharifudin Shariq Thursday confessed that he had a tough time canvassing for elections due to an overwhelming boycott wave. He alleged that the strike was enforced in North Kashmir and that people of the region only boycotted to save themselves from the ‘wrath of stone throwers’. He also claimed that not much Congress workers voted for him. “It is nothing but a clear hooliganism that prevailed on May 7 in Baramulla. Polling booths were looted and captured. Such a panic was created in North Kashmir that people from various areas preferred to stay indoors,” Shariq said adding that stone pelting was carried out mostly in the areas of NC and that terror was unleashed just to cut party’s vote bank.

Claiming that he will again win the constituency, Shariq stated that he is aware of the fact that not many Congress supporters voted in his favor on May 7. Shariq however admitted that this time NC will win the seat with fewer margins as compared to the previous one during 2009. “I don’t have the complete calculations but I have information that not much people voted for NC.”

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