Omar Abdullah pitches for State polls in Jammu and Kashmir; casts vote from Srinagar Lok Sabha Seat

National Conference (NC) Chief Farooq Abdullah along with son Omar Abdullah on Thursday cast their vote in Srinagar Parliamentary Seat in the Phase-II of Polling. Farooq Abdullah is seeking an election from Srinagar Lok Sabha Seat where is taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party Candidate Khalid Jehangir, PDP’s Aga Syed Mohsin and People Conference’s Irfan Raza Ansari.

Speaking to the media after casting his vote, National Conference working President he believed that the Central Government and Poll Body will soon conduct assembly polls in the Valley.

Omar Abdullah said as quoted by ANI said, ‘Now that LS polls are due to conclude, we can only hope that Centre together with EC gives people of J&K an elected govt which is their right’.

Jammu and Kashmir is currently under President rule over six months of governor’s rule. The Political crisis in the state occurred last year after PDP led Coalition Government was reduced to a minority after the withdrawal of support by 25 Bharatiya Janata Party’s  Lawmakers in the state.

He further highlights the differences between these polls and By-polls of 2017, Omar Abdullah said, ‘Unlike 2017 by-elections, the voter in these polls are more receptive. Earlier in the by-polls, we just conducted two outdoor public meetings’.

Those elections were confined to close rooms campaigns.

While Omar Abdullah further commenting on the occasion trained guns towards BJP for naming Malegaon Blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal. Abdullah said, ‘BJP has given ticket (from Bhopal) to a candidate who is not only an accused in a terror case but is also out on bail on health grounds. If her health condition doesn’t permit her to be in jail, how does it permit her to contest polls?’

In Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre ruling BJP is taking on the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP, and National Conference who has announced its friendly tie-up with Indian National Congress.

Polling in six seats of Jammu and Kashmir will take place in five rounds. Polling in Anantnag Parliamentary Seat will take place in three phases – April 23, April 29 and May 6.

While Baramulla and Jammu constituencies have already voted in Phase-I of the Polling. While voting in Srinagar and Udhampur constituencies is underway as a part of Phase-II.

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