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An Incendiary Ride

Militants deter voters in the third phase, boosting NC's chances More Coverage

An Incendiary Ride
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An Incendiary Ride
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In Srinagar, a poor voter turnout is interpreted as good news for the NC. But it spells gloom for the Opposition. The militant attacks during the third phase of polling on October 1 in south Kashmir and Kathua in the Jammu region has hit the prospects of parties taking on the NC, particularly Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's People's Democratic Party (pdp). A high voter turnout was what the pdp was banking on, but voters stayed at home fearing militant attacks on polling stations.

A low turnout of 41 per cent was the result of 27 militant attacks across the state which killed 16 persons. The worst hit was south Kashmir, an opposition stronghold. The low voter response, according to observers, was unlikely to produce significant gains for the pdp. In fact, a near total boycott in certain areas of Pulwama and Anantnag came as a blow to the party which was hoping to turn the tables on the NC.

That the militants had managed to terrify voters was very palpable when this correspondent visited polling booths in the Valley. Most were deserted and even the officials there seemed to be...
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