J&K SDC polls: PAGD candidates confined to safe places not allowed to campaign, says Farooq Abdullah in letter to EC – Politics News, The Bharat Express News

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In a two-page letter to JK Election Commissioner KK Sharma, Farooq Abdullah said ensuring the safety of a privileged few and literally interning the rest was blatant interference with democracy.

File image of Farooq Abdullah. ANI

Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and chairman of the Popular Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Farooq Abdullah, on Saturday opposed the treatment of the amalgam candidates, saying security was used as a pretext to hinder and personalize democracy in the Union Territory.

In a two-page letter to JK Election Commissioner KK Sharma, Abdullah, who is currently a member of Lok Sabha from Srinagar, said ensuring the safety of a privileged few and literally interning the rest was a blatant interference in democracy.

“I take the liberty of writing to you about the upcoming DDC elections. A strange and unique feature has emerged. The candidates proposed by the PAGD are immediately taken to ‘safe places’ in the name of security and confined to These’ safe places “. They are not allowed to solicit, they are completely disconnected from who they are supposed to solicit votes from,” Abdullah said in the letter.

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He said the PAGD parties have been in power in the past and have had the opportunity to lead and lead the government and are aware of the challenges posed in the area of ​​security in a place plagued by violence.

“These challenges are not new, but have lasted painfully for three decades. But the government had put in place structures that guaranteed the safety of all candidates, regardless of the ideology they espouse or the parties they represented. “, did he declare.

MP for Lok Sabha said the current state of affairs in the security field is “openly oriented” towards providing security to the privileged few and limiting the others.

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“It appears more as an attempt to interfere in the democratic process than as a real concern for the well-being of the candidates. Security cannot and should not be used as a tool or an excuse to interfere in democratic processes.” , did he declare.

Claiming that the evolution of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir is distinctive from any other part of the country, Abdullah said that this development was a “bloody journey”, drenched in the blood of thousands of political workers who sacrificed their life for the good. of democracy.

“It is a desecration of these sacrifices when the very conflict that consumed their lives is used as an alibi to personalize democracy. Democracy is still in a fragile state in Jammu and Kashmir.

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

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He said that while security is a challenge and it is up to the government of the day to counter it in a fair and transparent manner, “providing security to the privileged few and literally interning the rest is a serious interference in democracy. “.

The letter from the president of the PAGD to the state election commissioner comes against the backdrop of allegations by the main political parties in the valley, including the NC and the PDP, of not having a level playing field for the elections. The parties accused the administration of locking their candidates in housing in several places and of not allowing them to campaign.

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