Lowest Voter Turnout In Kashmir Reflects Situation Under BJP Rule: Cong

JAMMU —The Congress’s Jammu and Kashmir unit Tuesday said the lowest voter turnout in the valley during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls was the “reflection” of the prevailing security situation which has deteriorated and reversed to 1990’s under the BJP-led NDA rule. 

It also attacked the BJP for “exploiting” regional aspirations of the people of Ladakh and Jammu regions for vote bank politics. 

“On the security front, BJP government has reversed the situation (in Kashmir) back to the level of early 90s which is the biggest ever failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi…the lowest ever voting and no polling in vast pockets is a cause of great concern and indication of the prevailing situation in the valley which is a reflection of BJP government,” Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesman  Ravinder Sharma said. 

The Baramulla parliamentary constituency of north Kashmir, which went to polls in the first phase on April 11, recorded 34.71 per cent polling, while the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed only 14.1 per cent voting in the second phase of Lok Sabha election on April 18. 

The Anantnag seat of south Kashmir recorded a total of 12.35 per cent in the first two phases held on April 23 and 29, while the final phase in the constituency is scheduled on May 6. 

He said the nation is paying a “very heavy price” for maintaining the law and order at the cost of a large number of lives, but the situation continues to be “very grim” as a large number of youth have been lured into the militant ranks in recent years which is a serious matter. 

In an apparent reference to Union minister Kiren Rijiju statement accusing the party of “decades of criminal injustice” with the people of Ladakh, Sharma said the Congress always believed in sharing of power and resources to fulfil the needs and aspirations of the people of the three regions and other backward pockets of the state. 

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