Moderate polling in Ganderbal town, Barsoo boycotts

Ganderbal which usually witnesses a good voter turnout this time saw moderate voting at many places except in some upper belts where people did come out to vote in significant numbers.

 “What have these mainstream politicians done for people of Kashmir, apart from selling us for their petty gains?” said a group of youth, who were sitting outside a polling station at Beehama and hooting at whosoever was going inside polling station to cast his vote.

At polling station Saloora-A, 29 votes were polled out of total 1026 till noon while as at Saloora-B, 3 votes were polled out of 620 and Saloora-C, 15 votes were polled out of 939.

At polling station Gangerhama, 146 votes were polled out of 1061 by 1pm.

However the nearby Lar tehsil witnessed moderate polling. At polling station Lar-A 211 votes were polled out of 592 votes till 1:30 pm while as at polling station Lar-B 170 votes were polled out of 675 and at Lar-D 163 votes were cast out of 779.

In Kangan assembly segment normal polling was witnessed in upper belts which form a traditional vote bank of the National Conference.

Clashes were reported between youth and forces in Pandach area where security forces had to use teargas shelling to disperse the protesters.

A dozen cops including a DySP sustained injuries.

Baroosa witnessed a complete boycott of the polling. The two polling booths established at the village at Government boys middle school and Government girls middle school witnessed zero percent voter turnout till 5pm. There were also no polling agents from any political party at the two polling stations.

“We don’t vote here, you can see that no one has come out to cast the vote nor will there be any polling agent from any party,” a group of locals near the polling station said.

The area witnessed complete boycott also following the killing of a local youth in firing by security forces on the day of polling in last bi-parliamentary elections.

The forces deployed at the polling booths were seen on alert but calm.

Similarly in four polling booths at nearby Tulmulla area only two migrant votes were polled up to 1:15 pm.

An official at the polling station said that only two votes have been polled so far by the Kashmiri pandits. Among the four polling stations set up in the area including Tulmulla C where no vote was polled out of 775, at Tulmulla E one migrant vote was cast out of 556, Tulmulla F no vote was polled out of 508 and at Tulmulla G one migrant vote was cast out of 866 votes.

At polling station Fatehpora 38, only 18 votes were polled out of 1176 till afternoon.