Over 1 lakh displaced Kashmiris denied right to vote in civic polls: BJP

Over 1 lakh displaced Kashmiris denied right to vote in civic polls: BJP
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Jammu: The BJP Wednesday claimed that over one lakh migrant Kashmiri people are being denied their fundamental right to vote in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, thereby forcing them to take the legal route.

Speaking at a press conference in Jammu, BJP state vice president G L Raina said “displaced Kashmiri people had voted in 2005 Municipal polls in Jammu but this time they are being denied this basic fundamental right to vote.”

“Over one lakh displaced Kashmiri people are being denied their fundamental right to vote in civic polls in J&K by the Election Commission of India (ECI) by either deleting their names from voter lists or not listing them in voter lists for the coming polls in the state,” Raina said.

The BJP claimed that they also took up the matter with Chief Electoral Officer of J&K Shaleen Kabra but he not only ignored their request but sat over the issue.

“If the issue is not resolved at the earliest by ECI, state governor and CEO, we may take the legal route,” Raina said.

The municipal elections in J&K were last conducted in January-February 2005 and the elected bodies had completed their five-year term in March 2010. PTI