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A Vote For The Vote

A Vote For The Vote
A Vote For The Vote
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The recently concluded civic polls has jolted the separatist leadership here with voters ignoring the repeated boycott calls. The state saw the highest turnout in any election in the last 15 years with north Kashmir exceeding 50 per cent (70 per cent in Kupwara district, considered a hotbed of militancy). The ruling PDP-Congress combine routed the opposition National Conference there while the tables were turned in Srinagar, an NC stronghold. Meanwhile, the separatists are hard-pressed trying to explain the people’s enthusiasm. JKLF leader Yasin Malik alleged that people in north Kashmir were coerced to the booths by security forces. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani’s logic—the people voted to solve their civic problems, it was no pro-India vote.
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