‘Election results will have a bearing on Kashmir’

The votes were counted in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Mizoram on Tuesday, and BJP has taken a beating in all the places.

SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 13 2018 1:34AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2018 1:34AM
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Although they showed a marked general disinterest towards municipal and panchayat polls in their own state, the people of Kashmir watched with keen interest the unfolding of the results of Assembly elections in five states on Tuesday.

The votes were counted in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Mizoram on Tuesday, and BJP has taken a beating in all the places. 

"There is no denying the fact that developments in these states will have an impact on national politics as well as a bearing on Kashmir,” said Muhammad Safdar, who teaches at a government school in uptown area of Srinagar city.

He said these results are indicators for forthcoming parliamentary elections. 

“Kashmiris at Center need a government that can engage meaningfully with people for peace in Kashmir. In the past five years the central government has not done anything positive for peace in Kashmir,” he said.

Moeen, a law student, said the results will be a trend setter for future elections in Kashmir.

“These results will somehow decide who is going to occupy the Center in 2019. As far as Kashmir is concerned only suppressive measures were employed during the past five years. Any change in guard will therefore have an impact,” said Moeen.

Kashmiri social media users actively commented on the results throughout the day.

“Since 2014 minority community has been feeling being stifled across the country. Divisive politics has been the mantra of ruling party but today the Indian voter has proved to be decisive in his mandate. Tuesday’s results proved that bad governance, inability to manage the economy and anti-agrarian policies can ruin the day for a personality cult. It would be interesting to watch if this anti-incumbency wave shows its presence in the run up to 2019 parliamentary polls,” posted Shahid Ahmad on Facebook. 

“It’s like last five overs of the match, each ball changing fortune and all hoping next ball will go their way,” Muhammad Irshad wrote on his Facebook page.

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