The neutrality of authorities within the district growth council elections in Jammu and Kashmir has come underneath sharp criticism on Thursday from leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), who alleged that the administration was serving to the BJP.
The accusations stemmed from a number of incidents late on Wednesday and on Thursday — together with the reported beating up of three journalists in south Kashmir who had been protecting the polls, detention of a Congress chief’s relative in Uri and a cordon-and-search operation by the Army in Shopian, allegedly to cease folks from voting.
The PAGD is an alliance of a number of mainstream political events, together with National Conference (NC), the PDP, People’s Conference and the CPI(M), that are contesting the District Development Council (DDC) polls collectively in an effort to hold the BJP and its allies out.
NC vp and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah alleged that the keepers of the regulation had been very happy to change into lawbreakers “if it serves their interest of cosying up to the BJP & it’s offshoots in Kashmir”.
“The entire machinery of the administration has taken upon itself the responsibility of helping the BJP in the DDC polls,” Mr Abdullah tweeted.
NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar mentioned his get together leaders had been being prevented from campaigning for the DDC polls over the previous few weeks within the identify of safety.
“Our public meeting scheduled for today (Thursday) at Behibagh in Kulgam district was to be addressed by party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar and provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani but it was not permitted in the name of security,” Mr Dar mentioned.
PDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was prevented from leaving her home on the earlier two days, alleged that armed forces had been getting used to rig the elections.
“Security forces have cordoned Matribugh in Shopian and are not allowing people to come out to vote under the pretext of inputs about presence of militants,” Ms Mufti tweeted.
“In a brazen display of power, armed forces are being used to rig this election and favour a particular party,” she mentioned, tagging the Election Commission and the Indian Army.
Mehbooba Mufti additionally lashed out on the authorities in south Kashmir over the alleged thrashing of three journalists by police whereas they had been protecting the elections.
“Three journalists thrashed by security forces in South Kashmir today after interviewing a PAGD candidate who wasn’t allowed to cast his vote,” she mentioned, including, “Everything and anything that involves stating the truth is being criminalised in J&K.”
People’s Conference president Sajad Lone urged State Election Commissioner KK Sharma to research the case of alleged cash distribution by a relative of a candidate in Uri.
According to stories, a detailed relative of a Congress chief was detained by police on Wednesday night whereas he was on his approach to a village in Uri.
“Please investigate the case of money distribution in URI. The report sent by police to the DC (deputy commissioner) almost exonerates the accused,” Mr Lone tweeted.
He mentioned it was the ethical responsibility KK Sharma to establish the info, including that the police ought to clarify why the accused was questioned and being let off now.
Earlier, Sajad Lone had tweeted late on Wednesday evening in regards to the “attempts to hush up a case involving distribution of money in Parenpeela Uri DDC constituency”.
“The LG (Lieutenant Governor) has a moral duty to ascertain who all r (are) behind attempts to hush up the case,” Mr Lone, who can also be a PAGD spokesperson, had mentioned.