New Voters, Omar, Mehbooba Lambast BJP

SRINAGAR: Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at BJP, claiming that the move to allow people ordinarily residing in Jammu and Kashmir even for purposes of work was an attempt to influence the Assembly elections.

They were reacting to media reports which claimed that people who are ordinarily residing in Jammu and Kashmir — for work, business or education — can vote in the next assembly elections.

“Is the BJP so insecure about support from genuine voters of J&K that it needs to import temporary voters to win seats? None of these things will help the BJP when the people of J&K are given a chance to exercise their franchise,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.

“GOIs decision to defer polls in J&K preceded by egregious gerrymandering tilting the balance in BJPs favour & now allowing non locals to vote is obviously to influence election results. Real aim is to continue ruling J&K with an iron fist to disempower locals,” People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti wrote.

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