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J&Ok DDC polls: PAGD candidates confined to safe areas, not allowed to marketing campaign, says Farooq Abdullah in letter to EC – Politics News , Firstpost

In a two-page letter to J-Ok Election Commissioner KK Sharma, Farooq Abdullah stated offering safety to a choose few and actually interning the remainder is a gross interference in democracy

File picture of Farooq Abdullah. ANI

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and president of newly cobbled up People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Farooq Abdullah on Saturday objected to the remedy meted out to the amalgam candidates, saying safety is getting used as a pretext to impede and customise democracy within the Union Territory.

In a two-page letter to J-Ok Election Commissioner KK Sharma, Abdullah, who’s at current a Lok Sabha member from Srinagar, stated offering safety to a choose few and actually interning the remainder is a gross interference in democracy.

“I am taking the liberty of writing to you about the upcoming DDC elections. A strange and unique feature has come to the fore. Candidates put up by the PAGD are immediately whisked away to “safe areas” in the name of security and confined to those “safe areas”. They are not allowed to canvass, they are completely out of touch with those from whom they are supposed to seek votes,” Abdullah stated within the letter.

He stated the events a part of the PAGD have been in energy prior to now and have had the chance to go and run the federal government and are conscious of the challenges posed within the realm of safety in a spot beset by violence.

“These challenges are not new, but have been painfully persisting for the last three decades. But, the government had structures in place which ensured security for all contestants irrespective of the ideology they espoused or the parties they represented,” he stated.

The Lok Sabha MP stated the present state of affairs within the realm of safety is “blatantly oriented” in the direction of offering safety to a choose few and confining others.

“This comes across more as an attempt to interfere in the democratic process than any real concern for the wellbeing of the contestants. Security cannot and should not be used as a tool or an excuse to interfere in democratic processes,” he stated.

Asserting that the evolution of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir is distinctive in comparison with another a part of the nation, Abdullah stated this evolution is a “bloodied journey”, soaked within the blood of hundreds of political staff who’ve laid down their lives for the sake of democracy.

“It is a desecration of these sacrifices when the very battle that consumed their lives is used as an alibi to customise democracy. Democracy remains to be in a state of fragility in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Governments come and go. No government has the right to alter the institutional foundations of democracy in J-K, nourished by the sacrifices of thousands of political workers,” the letter learn.

He stated whereas safety is a problem and it’s for the federal government of the day to counter that problem in a way which is honest and clear, “providing security to a select few and literally interning the rest is a gross interference in democracy”.

The PAGD president”s letter to the State Election Commissioner comes within the backdrop of allegations of main political events within the valley, together with the NC and the PDP, of not having a level-playing area for the elections. The events have accused the administration of locking up their candidates in lodging at a number of locations and never permitting them to marketing campaign.

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