All of them are migrated Pandits given tickets by BJP
SHOPIAN: Results of the urban local body (ULB) polls in Shopian town were declared on Sunday without any voting taking place, as the 11 contestants whose nominations were accepted had no one to oppose them.
Owais Ahmad, district election officer (DEO), informed Kashmir Reader that for the 17 wards of Shopian municipal committee there were 13 nominees. The nomination of one candidate was rejected by the election office on a technical basis and another had filed nominations for two wards, of which only one was accepted.
“Eleven candidates have been declared winners without contesting elections as there was none to oppose them,” the officer said.
For Shopian’s 17 wards, 13 migrated Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) including four women belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had filed nominations for the ULB polls. None of them live in Kashmir valley, having migrated out in the year 1989 or later.
Talking of the Panchayat elections that are scheduled in November, the DEO said that the government has made all arrangements including adequate security to ensure free and fair polling in the district.
Talking to reporters, the DEO said that Panchayat Raj institutions are necessary for deliverance of basic amenities at the grassroots level and the Panchayat elections will greatly help in speeding up development.
There are 9 blocks, 98 Panch halqas, 791 Panch constituencies, and 791 polling stations located at 272 places in the district, which has a voter population of about 1,46,000.