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SRINAGAR: The PAGD continued on Saturday with its diatribe against the administration of its candidates allegedly prevented from campaigning and the security used as a “pretext to prevent and personalize democracyin Jammu and Kashmir, one week before the first democratic exercise after the derogation of their special status.
The Chairman of the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration, Farooq Abdullah, sent a two-page letter to Jammu and Kashmir Election Commissioner KK Sharma, saying that providing security to a select few and “literally interning” the rest was a ” serious interference “in a democracy.
“I take the liberty of writing to you about the upcoming DDC (district development council) elections. A strange and unique feature has come to light,” the National Conference leader said in the letter.
“Candidates put forward by the PAGD are immediately moved to ‘safe places’ in the name of security and confined to those ‘safe places,'” he said. “They are not allowed to vote, they are completely disconnected from those who are supposed to seek votes.”
The former prime minister said the current state of affairs in the security arena was “blatantly geared” toward providing security for a select few and confining others.
“This is presented more as an attempt to interfere in the democratic process than as a real concern for the well-being of the contenders. Security cannot and should not be used as a tool or excuse to interfere in the democratic processes,” said the deputy. from Srinagar.
The PAGD president’s letter comes amid accusations from the Valley’s main political parties, including NC and the Popular Democratic Party, of not having a level playing field for the polls. The parties have accused the administration of locking up its candidates in lodgings in various locations and not allowing them to campaign.
The DDC elections will be held in eight phases starting on November 28 and ending on December 24. The PAGD is an alliance of various political parties seeking to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s special status repealed by the Center in August last year.
Abdullah said that the PAGD parties had been in power in the past and were aware of the challenges posed in the area of ​​security in a place beset by violence.
Stating that the evolution of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir was distinctive compared to any other part of the country, Abdullah said that this evolution was a “bloody journey”, drenched in the blood of thousands of political workers who gave their lives for the all right. of democracy.
He acknowledged that security was a challenge, that the government should counter in a fair and transparent manner, but “providing security for a select few and literally interning the rest is a serious interference in democracy.”
PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, who is also PAGD Vice President, accused the Center of “sabotaging” the participation of political parties other than the BJP in DDC polls by not allowing them to campaign freely.
“The Government of India sabotages the participation of non-BJP parties in the DDC polls. PPD Bashir Ahmed, despite having adequate security, has been detained in Pahalgam under the pretext of security. Today is the last day to submit nominations and has spoken with DC Anantnag for his release, “Mufti tweeted, tagging Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Police have said that candidates were provided collective security and placed in secure areas, as providing protection to all candidates was difficult.
Kashmir Police Inspector General Vijay Kumar said the candidates were provided with a double escort and that security forces are monitoring an area where they want to visit and campaign after leaving their safe accommodations.
On Friday, PAGD coordinator and CPM leader MY Tarigami had published a letter from Sinha, who ensured a smooth campaign for the local body elections and said that the ballot box would go a long way towards strengthening the panchayati raj institutions in the territory of the Union.
The lieutenant governor said he had taken note of the concerns and issued “necessary instructions.”
Tarigami, a former military player from the Kulgam district of southern Kashmir, hit by militancy, had informed Sinha that after submitting their nomination papers, the candidates could not campaign due to the “perceived threat to their lives “and had been grouped into” group quarters. ”
“Confining the candidates against their wishes has severely restricted their movement and campaigning ability. Even in some cases, they are not allowed to attend party meetings,” said the PCM leader.

Times of India

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