Congress Opposes Inclusion of ‘Non-Locals’ as Voters in Jammu-Kashmir Elections

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AICC in-charge Jammu and Kashmir Rajini Patil alleged that the move to allow non-locals to vote in J-K was illegal

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — While many parties in Jammu and Kashmir have objected to its Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar’s remarks that the J&K region is likely to get around 25 lakh additional voters, including outsiders, as people ordinarily residing here even for work purpose can cast vote in the next assembly election, Congress also said it will oppose the move.

According to news agency PTI, the Congress on Saturday said it will oppose the inclusion of non-local voters in electoral rolls in Jammu and Kashmir and is mulling mounting a legal challenge over the issue.

AICC in-charge Jammu and Kashmir Rajini Patil alleged that the move to allow non-locals to vote in J-K was illegal and said the Congress would attend the all-party meeting convened over the issue by National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.

“We will discuss this issue. We will… oppose it,” she said in Srinagar.

She said the party would fight the issue legally and file a PIL.

“We will attend the all-party meeting. Our (Pradesh) president and the working president will attend the meeting. The Congress party will stand for the interests of democracy,’ PTI quoted Rajini Patil as saying.

When she was asked whether senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was miffed with the party leadership, Rajini Patil said Azad has not resigned from any post.

“He has declined to take a post on the grounds of his health. We are in continuous touch with him. In fact, Rasool’s name was proposed by Azad only,” she said.

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