SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said that elected representatives are not accountable to people who don’t vote in elections. He was addressing a press conference at his father’s Gupkar residence on behalf of his father, Dr farooq Abdullah.
“How can you demand accountability when you (people) have not participated? The more you vote the more we are accountable,” Omar told reporters here.
Omar said the worst suffers of the poll boycott are people because lesser participation amounts to lesser accountability of elected representatives.
“Sufferers from the (poll) boycott are voters because you can only get accountability by participation. When you vote you can demand accountability and when you don’t vote then to whom we are accountable,” Omar said.
Omar, however, issued the clarification instantly. “We never say we work for only those who voted. We work for all even for those who don’t vote in the elections,” he said.
Responding to a question that boycott favours National Conference, he said calculations in past have maintained that it was PDP which benefitted from election boycott and not NC.
He also said when Mehbooba Mufti (PDP candidate on Anantnag Lok Sabha seat) won south Kashmir seat she won it on 15% turnout which clearly says that it was PDP which benefit by poll boycott.
“Today now it’s more than double. Five year ago we won it on a 27% turnout and she won it on 15% turnout,” Omar said. “Do your calculations and please tell me who gets benefitted from boycott. Clearly they are the ones who tried to engineer this boycott.”
When asked why issues like Narendra Modi and Kashmir were raised in its election manifesto when people say they vote for basic amenities, Omar replied: “These issues are our old election campaign and these representatives will elect prime minister of India. They will be elected to the parliament who would raise issues. The issues of roads, electricity, water, etc will be the issues during assembly elections,” he said.
Terming the joining of Agha Mehmood as his homecoming, Omar said his joining the party was not any bargaining but a conscious decision. .