Dr Farooq in Poll Mode: ‘Stop Brute Force On Innocent Kashmiris’

SRINAGAR: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah Friday asked New Delhi to desist from exposing innocent people of Kashmir to brute force, saying that the insensitive and anti-Kashmiri PDP-BJP Govt has given a free hand to unbridled forces as a result of which young people are falling prey to bullets almost every passing day.

Sharing the concern of various delegations that met him after Friday prayers at Dargah Hazratbal, Dr Abdullah said that Kashmir is passing through most difficult times and this can be overcome only when people will demonstrate unity, a NC statement said. He lauded peoples’ resilience in meeting the challenges and braving the brunt of excesses being committed by the coalition dispensation.

Dr Abdullah cautioned the government not to test the patience of people and end the spree of arrests that has created fear and uncertainty across the Valley.

He assailed the PDP for playing worse role in perpetrating atrocities and becoming party to hidden agenda of Nagpur for trampling Kashmir’s unique identity. He said emergence of communal forces is a blot on the Indian democracy and the idea of a nation that had been conceived by Mahatma Gandhi and Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, an NC statement said.

Calling for unity among Muslims, the National Conference President referred to the hoisting of communal forces in UP because the Muslims could collectively stand against them. “Now that the most populous state is being governed by communal forces, the fear among the minorities is well understood”, he said, adding that the nightmarish era has begun there,

At Dargah Hazratbal, Dr Farooq Abdullah paid obeisance and prayed for universal peace and amity between Muslim nations. He said that the Muslim world was bleeding due to disunity and cited the examples of blood-shed in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan etc, adding that this is happening because Muslims have never got united.

National Conference President also prayed for friendship between India and Pakistan, saying that good neighbourly relations were imperative for lasting peace in the region.

Referring to the upcoming by-polls, Dr Abdullah said that this is a unique opportunity to the people of Kashmir to demonstrate their anger against the dispensation that came into being after exploiting religious and regional sentiments besides joining hands with communal forces. “The agenda of the PDP is exposed now”, he said and urged the people to come forward in a big way and ensure the success of National Conference and Congress candidates from Srinagar and Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies.

ECI Prohibits Exit Poll

 In connection with the bye-elections to 2-Srinagar and 3-Anantnag Parliamentary constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has prohibited Exit Polls between 7 am on April 9, 2017 and 6.30 pm on April 12, 2017.

“In exercise of the powers under Sub-Section (1) of Section 126 A of the Representation of People’s Act 1951, ECI has notified the period between 7 am on April 9, 2017 and 6.30 pm on April 12, 2017 during which conducting any exit poll and publishing or publicizing by means of the print or electronic media or dissemination in any other manner whatsoever, the result of any exit poll shall be prohibited,” says the notification issued by ECI.

According to the notification it is further clarified that under  Section-126 (1) (b) of the R P Act 1951,  displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would  be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for conclusion of poll for bye-elections.

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