People Indifferent, Poll Fervour Missing


Srinagar: People by and large remained indifferent to poll process though contesting parties and candidates organized meetings, mostly indoors, seeking votes.

Colourful banners and buntings, a common feature in any indian electoral exercise, remain missing in Srinagar.

Friday was the last day of campaigning for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency though hardly any rally was organized by political parties to seek mandate for their candidates. Contesting parties attribute this to flood scare which loomed over the valley following incessant rain from last three days.

People also alleged that the administration was so busy in setting up polling station that hardly any attention was given to areas which were inundated by incessant rains.

Polling station set on fire

A government school was set on fire in central Kashmir district of Budgam by people opposing polling in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency.

Official sources said the authorities had set up a polling station in a government school at Yarigund, Magam, in Budgam district.

They said the school, which remained closed after government announced due to inclement weather condition till April 9, was set on fire by some unknown persons late last night.

The authorities have already shifted over a dozen polling station in the constituency though opposition NC has lodged strong protest with Electoral Officer against shifting of polling station from populated areas.

All the polling stations in the constituency have already been sensitive and hyper sensitive.

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