‘Got a chance to protest against anti-people moves’
Srinagar, Dec 01: Unlike the voters at other places, the electors at one of the polling booths in Amira Kadal constituency here had turned up at the booth to “ensure that their votes will keep the BJP candidate away.”
Talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) Correspondent, a group of voters at the polling booth established at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Amira Kadal said that they have no expectations from any of the candidates contesting the polls today.
“We are just casting our vote today to keep BJP away, who always took steps against the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” a woman, donning green traditional Pheran and wearing white mask, said.
She said it is not the first time she is casting the ballots, but this time “I am not expecting anything from any of the candidates as we have seen false and fake promises by the leaders so far. I am here to ensure the BJP candidate will not win.”
The other voters, accompanying her, echoed similar views, saying that “we believe it is not good either to cast the vote due to the situation and killings we have witnessed so far, but this time, it was necessary to come out and cast vote to ensure that the party who is taking anti-people decision will be shown doors.”
“We don’t want anyone to do fake promises this time. We are not casting ballots to ensure anyone’s win. But, this vote is only against the anti-people decisions like abrogation of Article 370 taken by the BJP led government. We don’t want to realize our mistake in the future for not casting ballots. We have got a chance to protest the anti-people decision of BJP and by casting the vote today against their candidate, we have done our job and fulfilled our responsibility,” Shaista (name changed), donning grey traditional Pheran said outside the polling booth.
The other voters, also present there said that every leader and candidate they have chosen so far has deceived them by failing to fulfill their promises. “This election is meant for the development, which has never taken place in Jammu and Kashmir. What is the fun of supporting the candidates now? But as a responsible society member, you have to do your bit to protest and tell those at the helm that the decision you have taken on August 05, 2019 didn’t suit the aspirations of people here,” a male voter said.
Pertinently, the second phase of ongoing eight-phased elections concluded on Tuesday across Jammu and Kashmir. The counting will be held on December 22.