Hajin votes for electricity, roads

In some areas, voters and election officials attempted to beat the bitter cold by burning leaves and sitting huddled around the bonfire.
Dressed in Pherans and heavy woolen clothes, women and men waited in long queues while security forces stood guard around the polling booths with semi-automatic rifles and riot gear.
Dressed in Pherans and heavy woolen clothes, women and men waited in long queues while security forces stood guard around the polling booths with semi-automatic rifles and riot gear.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Bandipora: Voters in Bandipora’s Hajin-A District Development Council (DDC) constituency braved the early morning chill and foggy conditions to cast their votes for re-polls in the constituency.

"We want water, electricity, roads, and every other development," said elderly Aziza Begum of Hakbara. "I've been voting since I was married and don't know how many times I have voted but I have high hopes this time."

Previously, DDC polls were held in Hajin-A on December 19, 2020, but were later cancelled by the Election Commission at the time of counting because of the participation of a 'non-bonafide' woman candidate from PoK.

"We are voting to ensure that a candidate is elected and that development funds are distributed equally among Halqas," said Abdul Rahman, an elderly person. “The development works were hampered because no DDC candidate was chosen in 2020. So the time has come for us to exercise our democratic right to vote once more. It is time to see new developments."

Dressed in Pherans and heavy woolen clothes, women and men waited in long queues while security forces stood guard around the polling booths with semi-automatic rifles and riot gear.

In some areas, voters and election officials attempted to beat the bitter cold by burning leaves and sitting huddled around the bonfire.

Youth in low-lying Banyari village on the banks of Wular Lake lamented the lack of development for years.

"We don't have a road, drinking water is a problem, and despite casting uncounted ballots for previous regimes, we haven't seen any progress," said Nadeem, a youth.

Five candidates from National Conference, Peoples Conference, Bharatiya Janata Party, Apni Party and an independent are vying for Hajin-A DDC seat.

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