Kashmiris Embrace Democracy with 72% Turnout in Election 2014

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    J&K assembly election: Kashmiris reject poll boycott calls with record 71% turnout - The Times of India

    SRINAGAR: In a strong rebuff to separatists, Kashmiris and residents of Jammu lined up in thousands outside polling booths, declaring their support for democracy and posting the highest turnout in the 15 seats that polled on Tuesday since the last delimitation in 1995.

    The turnout of 71.3% was much higher than in 2008 when the same seats had polled 65%. The seats had registered 52.6% voting in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year. Some seats in the valley recorded more votes than Jammu and Ladakh . A heavy 75% turnout was recorded in three Bandipora constituencies in north Kashmir.

    Describing the elections as "flawless", deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi said there wasn't a single "vitiating" incident save minor clashes. He attributed the turnout to "the combined efforts of everyone".

    Hailing successful polling in 15 seats of Jammu & Kashmir, deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi said there were no untoward incidents. "There were a few incidents of bursting of fire crackers in Bandipora, nothing else," he said.

    Zutshi attributed the high turnout to "the combined efforts of everyone, along with good security and voter awareness efforts of the Election Commission". There were at least 43 chopper sorties to airlift personnel and security to remote areas, Zutshi said. Voter enthusiasm was best showcased when a centenarian, Noor Bin, voted in Ramban, he said.

    Independent sources, however, said an explosive went off minutes after voting began at a polling station in Bandipora. Another blast was reported at Naidkhi in Sonawari, north Kashmir, with eyewitnesses saying it was a petrol bomb thrown by miscreants to scare away voters. But that did not deter them, they said.

    The sense in some quarters that the Omar government would get washed away in the elections because of mishandling of September floods gained traction as the turnout rose through the day.

    Kashmiri separatists said the turnout was a result of large security presence but political analysts believed they were soft on election boycott given BJP's presence, particularly in the Valley. Rejecting this, hardliner Syed Ali Geelani said, "The government conducted these elections on the strength of security forces," adding that the police had said they would crush anybody trying to disrupt polling and they proved it.

    However, 88-year-old Sanaullah Dar of Theru village in Ganderbal said, "We consciously chose to remain with India in 1947. Voting is our right and I voted for my candidate and so did my family."

    There was perceptible anti-incumbency mood with many voters angry about the floods and the general drift in the Omar Abdullah government which, voters said, also failed to generate employment and growth.

    Twenty-year-old Altaf Ahmed of Kangan said, "I am not scared of militants or separatists. I am not bothered by their boycott calls. I am disgusted with joblessness and I voted for employment."

    Saying she was satisfied with a peaceful first round, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the trends showed an overwhelming desire for change with PDP emerging as the favourite across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. "The people are participating in this election to write a new script in the state's political history and the trends show they are enthusiastically voting for change," Mehbooba told an election rally in Langate.

    "I also appreciate the EC and the administration for the smooth conduct of the first phase," Mehbooba said, adding that such turnout would not only vote out the "anarchist NC-Congress coalition" but also keep divisive forces at bay. "On behalf of the party leadership, I assure the people that we won't let them down and do justice with their mandate," Mehbooba said, adding that the voting pattern also showed that new age voters voted for real issues.
     
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    Esp the second girl, nice message to terrorists and Pakistan :D
     
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    lol, pic is funny.

    But seriously, Kashmiris are voting not because they love India (or because they hate Pakistan). It is because elections are a way to put pressure on India and get as many sops/welfare schemes as possible. And it is working so well.
     
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    They are exercising their rights as citizens of the country :) False flaggers can whine and cry about it :lol:
     
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    I am afraid to say,one should not make too much out of this.

    If you observe that separatists have not created big hungama over this like they used to do earlier on.A total poll boycott means a straight victory for the BJP,the last thing the separatists want to have in Kashmir.So better to have parties like NC,PDP than have a BJP which will bring hell upon them.
     
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    Whatever it is, democracy is good. BJP not winning is not such a big problem. People need to participate in voting.
    Large participation of people gives legitimacy to the the government which allows it to work more effectively.
     
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    Its highly transparent that the separatists have either realized or have been instructed to pipe down as their call for boycott would help BJP.

    There's hardly anything to chose between NCP/PDP, the latter of which is likely to emerge as the single largest party. It would be interesting how close BJP can get and will they be able to prevent government formation that does not include them.
     
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    This is good news. Democracy will send a message across the fence.
    BJP NCP PDP, call them any name, they are part of Indian democracy. The larger picture sends the right message to people who want to sabotage the elections.
     
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    Jammu & Kashmiris have reaffirmed to the whole world that they can not be brainwashed and befooled anymore. They confirmed that the only way to fulfill their quest for progress and development is through participation in nation building not by AK-47 and IEDs.
     
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    High voter turnout, Pak told to piss off if they will talk to separatists, Good Job GoI.

    I think I predicted here at DFI post cancelled secretary level meet that I see separatists fighting elections.

    More these separatist get isolated more they will come to terms with GoI. The same happened in Punjab, the people who used to burn Indian constitution take oath of it to rule the state and decide their future.

    When Kashmirs will realize that these good for nothing Pakistanis have done more harm to them there will be long lasting peace in the valley.

    Aiveyye bin gaal to apni he state ch chitaar kayee jande ne.
     
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    BTW what GoI is doing in regards of disseminating the news to international newspapers. Wake up GoI,

    Pakistan would been already got so many newspapers publish anti India news, if there was any.
     
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    good, a slap fit to suit pakistani ego, is ganja nawaz not-so-sharif still thinking of talking to separatists.
     
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    Since Kashmiris are taking part in the election, GOI need not to worry about Paki raising issue with International Media. The whole world is acquainted with Paki lies. Let them cry in UN, one day the UN will kick them out for dishonoring UN resolution 1948.
     
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    71% voting recorded in 2nd phase of Jammu & Kashmir poll

    NEW DELHI: Voting in the second phase of Jammu & Kashmir election ended on Tuesday with a high voter turnout. According to Election Commission officials, 71 per cent voting was recorded in the state. In Kashmir valley, the turnout was low in the initial hours when the polling started, but gained momentum as the day progressed. Voters could not come out in large numbers in south Kashmir's Devsar, Homeshallibugh, Noorabad and Kulgam constituencies initially. However, men and women lined up in all the five polling stations in Handwara town. Many of the voters said they were voting for a "change". According to EC, Reasi in recorded 80 per cent polling. Border areas of Poonch and Kupwara 78 and 68 per cent respectively.
    71% voting recorded in 2nd phase of Jammu & Kashmir poll - The Times of India
     
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    Phase 2 is not different. Clear indications sent to separatists that this is time for their Pack-up. The real hero of this overwhelming response is THE INDIAN ARMY for their selfless services during Kashmir Flood. A handful of Separatists can not decide the fate of Kashmir and its people. Kashmir will bloom again and their season has arrived.
     
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    J&K witnesses record turnout in second polling phase - The Times of India

    The second phase of polling in Jammu & Kashmir passed off peacefully, as a record 72% people voted on Tuesday defying frosty weather and separatist boycott call.

    A turnout of 60.03% was recorded in 2008 across the 18 constituencies that went to the polls.

    Chief electoral officer Umang Narula said the highest turnout was recorded in Jammu's Gulabgarh (80.73%).

    Homeshalibung in south Kashmir witnessed the lowest turnout -- 36.50%. A turnout of 71% was recorded in the first phase of polling last week.

    Ghulam Hassan Dar, a 52-year-old Homeshalibugh farmer, blamed broken promises for the low turnout. "We are fed-up with polling now. Politicians come, promise and leave for six years. Besides, our youth are influenced by separatism."
     
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    Barkha Dutt repeatedly addressed Lone's wife as Pakistani whereas the lady time and again telling that she is a Kashmiri from Gilgit Area. It seems our Media Houses already recognized POK as a part of Pakistan. Lone's wife must be projected as a role model to POK where people are deprived of every rights let alone election.

    Pathetic journalism by Barkha Dutt.
     
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    Lone's wife is the daughter of Amanullah Khan, the head of Pakistan based terrorist group JKLF. He is one of the 50 Most Wanted Fugitives in Pakistan alongside Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim.

    "Asked whether his daughter and Sajjad have any future political ambitions, all Amanullah said was that ''Asma is a political-minded person.'' Amanullah is fully aware of the risks involved in marrying his daughter to someone whose family lives in the Valley and where he cannot visit her—unless the two parts of Kashmir reunite some day. And many hope that the union of these two young Kashmiris might prove to be the first step towards the final accomplishment of Amanullah's dream."
    From 2000
    A Marriage Of Convenience | Amir Mir

    Long con by the terrorists ?

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    Lone himself has never declared himself to be anti-separatist. I wonder why people call him ex-separatist ?
     
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