Salman Sagar, NC member and son of the party’s senior leader Ali Mohammad Sagar, was roaming in his official vehicle to check the poll percentage at various booths in downtown Srinagar. When the staff at Qamangarpora booth informed him that only one out of 726 votes had been polled, his prompt remark summed up the expectations pro-India politicians have from voters of downtown.
“The man (who voted) shall be given Bharat Ratna,” Salman commented.
I was not only active in freedom struggle, but was also a militant commander. The present movement leads us nowhere. We don’t need guns here. It’s a baby of our neighbour (Pakistan), not ours—Agha Syed Abdul Hussain, Independent candidate for Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency.
There is no anti-incumbency factor here as claimed by some people. People are coming and voting for us. There is an affect of poll boycott though, people will come and vote—Agha Syed Ruhullah, sitting NC MLA of Budgam assembly constituency
We don’t believe in threats and boycotts. We vote because we want change in any way—Haleema, a woman Panch in Kralpora
I don’t vote every time. I vote only after six years—Jana Begum, an elderly woman in Kangan town
These people (young boys) won’t allow this voting to go smoothly. They unnecessarily hurl stones and hindering the people to cast their vote—Numberdar (polling agent) at Repora, Budgam said when a minor stone throwing incident happened in the village
Geelani is our rehbar, but we want to vote to bring about change. Azadi is our prime goal—a youngster after casting his vote at Panzo, Budgam