PAGD Taking “Non-Local Voter” Issue to Jammu

SRINAGAR: The government denial notwithstanding, the PAGD has not given up on the issue of permission t “non-locals” to vote in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. The multi-party alliance is taking the issue to Jammu where it has a meeting scheduled on this issue.

M Y Tarigami, the spokesman of the alliance told reporters that the meeting is scheduled on September 10, afternoon and the venue is Dr Farooq Abdullah’s Jammu residence.

This, Tarigami said is part of the consultative process to evolve a joint strategy. This will be the second such meeting on the issue. The earlier was held in Srinagar on August 22.

CEO Jammu and Kashmir while briefing the media about the Summary Revision of electoral rolls (SRR) said he expects an increase of more than two million voters that including the non-locals who ordinarily reside in Jammu and Kashmir. After a fierce reaction from the political class, the government issued a statement saying nothing of this sort is happening. Even Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha made an assurance saying the number of non-local voters in Jammu and Kashmir has not changed since 2019.

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