Low voting turn-out :Netizens blame successive government’s“failed policies”

Altamsh Raqib Srinagar:
April 10, 2017 0 Comments TOP STORIES 291 Views

As elections concluded for Srinagar Parliamentary seat on Sunday, netizens took to the social media and mocked at the low voting percentage recorded in the constituency.
The Srinagar parliamentary Constituency on Sunday recorded a low voting Percentage in last three decades coupled with violence related incidents outside polling stations.
7.4 per cent of the votes were polled in the said constituency amid poll boycott call by joint Hurriyat Camp.
Moreover, eight civilians were killed in security forces firing besides leaving more than 150 injured.
Scores of the netizens posted on their social networking accounts said that the voting turnout was an answer to the government.
“Probably the government got the best answer with the voting percentage recorded today in Srinagar,” posted a netizen with user name Sajad Ahmad on Facebook.
Many mocked at the government by saying that the killing of civilians by forces on voting day would be remembered across the world.
“It will be probably the first place in the entire world where elections mean a different exercise, i,e kill people who elects them,” another netizen Adnan Wani posted on Facebook.
Another netizen Abdul Quyoom posted“Joke of the millennium, only true Kashmiri will understand.”
Meanwhile scores posted pictures of the workers who were “desperately” waiting for voters outside polling booths.
“I happened to pass near to one polling station and saw that a worker was literally begging people to cast their vote. What type of popularity does our political parties claim here,” Mashooq Ahmad a netizenposted on Facebook.
Another netizen Umar Ahmad posted, “One worker of a political party even arranged vehicles to ferry voters but no one turned up. Even his family this time had said no to polls and yes to boycott”

“ The voter turnout in the By-polls held in Srinagar today was dismal, which wasn’t unexpected . In an environment that has been reeling from the mayhem for a while now, the polls were bloody,” Nyla Ali Khan posted.
“The use of unwarranted force will not revive democracy nor will it resuscitate the society. The federal and state government cannot continue to deploy ad hoc policies and measures in Kashmir without first redressing genuine grievances and healing the greatly mauled body politic,” Nyla posted.

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