News Briefs for 17 August 2022
People From Any Part Of India Living In J&K Can Now Vote In Polls: CEO 20 , August 17 : 25 Lakh New Voters Expected To Be Enrolled In Final Voter List Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar on Wednesday said that citizens from other parts of the country, who are either studying or doing business in the Union Territory, can register as voters and exercise their franchise in the next elections in the erstwhile state, likely to be held next year. The CEO also said that around 25 lakh new voters are expected to be enrolled in the Union Territory as the special summary revision of electoral rolls is being held for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. He also described the ongoing exercise to complete the special summary revision of electoral rolls by November 25 as a "challenging task".
J&K Parties React, Accuse BJP Of Tilting Balance Srinagar , August 17 : Political leaders in Kashmir have sharply reacted to reports that people ordinarily residing in Jammu and Kashmir even for purposes of work can cast vote in the next assembly election here, accusing the BJP of tilting the balance in its favour. “Is the BJP so insecure about support from genuine voters of J&K that it needs to import temporary voters to win seats? None of these things will help the BJP when the people of J&K are given a chance to exercise their franchise," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Allowing non-locals to vote in Assembly Elections will be as disastrous as 1987 rigging: Sajad Lone Srinagar
August 17 (KNS) , August 17 : Reacting to the statement of Chief Electoral Officer of J&K that every citizen of the country staying in J&K can have voting rights in Assembly elections, J&K Peoples Conference President Sajad Gani Lone today said that such a step would be a replay of 1987. Taking to microblogging platform Twitter, Sajad said, This is dangerous. I dont know what they want to achieve.
Around 25 lakh new voters likely to be enrolled in J&K Jammu , August 17 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar on Wednesday said around 25 lakh new voters are expected to be enrolled in the Union Territory as the special summary revision of electoral rolls is being held for the first time after abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. He also described the ongoing exercise to complete the special summary revision of electoral rolls by November 25 as a challenging task. The massive exercise to complete the process in time is going on to ensure that all the eligible voters including those who have attained the age of 18 years on October 1, 2022 or earlier are enrolled to provide an error-free final list, Kumar said.
Waqf Board Cracks Whip,Bans Khadims From Collecting Donations At Shrines Srinagar , August 17 : The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board on Wednesday cracked whip on unauthorised caretakers (khadims) of shrines spread across the Union Territory, banning them from collecting donations through “force or exploitative means" from the devotees. The move to impose a blanket ban on all such unethical practices across the shrines in J&K with immediate effect, comes in the backdrop of a large number of complaints against some people receiving donations forcibly and through exploitative means at the Ziyarats, an official spokesperson said Wednesday. In this regard, he said, an order was issued by the Waqf board on Tuesday.
Cong leaders in revamped J&K unit finalised after consulting Azad New Delhi , August 17 : The Congress on Wednesday said senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was consulted several times before finalising the names in the revamped Jammu and Kashmir unit of the party, rejecting reports that the former union minister was not on board. The assertion came a day after Azad declined to head the Campaign Committee for Jammu and Kashmir after he was appointed to the post by party chief Sonia Gandhi. Azad is a prominent member of the so-called G23 group within the Congress which has been critical of the leadership and has been seeking an organisational overhaul.
Formation of VDCs contrary to GOIs claims of normalcy: NC Srinagar , August 17 : The National Conference (NC) on Wednesday said that the revival of Village Defence Committees (VDCs) brings back haunting memories of early 1990s and simultaneously deflates the tall claims of the Government of India (GoI) about the region witnessing peace. Flaying the reconstitution of VDCs, spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the governments words dont match its actions. Not so long ago, the government was saying everything is ok in J&K.
KPs press demand for relocation of PM package employees Jammu , August 17 : Kashmiri Pandits serving in the Valley on Wednesday held a massive protest against the killing of their community member in Shopian and demanded that the employees in Kashmir under the prime ministers package be relocated to Jammu in view of selective and targeted killings. Hundreds of Kashmir-posted KP employees, who are on strike and have been protesting for past three months here in support of their relocation to safer areas in Jammu, assembled at Relief Commissioners office and took out a rally to protest the fresh killing in the Valley. They were also joined by activists of various Kashmiri Pandit organisations.
Shopian Killing: Police Arrests Militant's Father, Brothers; Seal House Srinagar , August 17 : Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Wednesday said that they have identified the terrorists who were behind the Chotipora Shopian attack in which one civilian was killed and another was injured.Addressing the reporters on the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony in Srinagar, DGP Singh said they have been identified and will be given stringent punishment."We have identified the two suspects who had killed him (Sunil Kumar). Follow-up action is going and we are working on it,” he said.
Continued killings of KPs utter failure of the LG administration: BJPs Kashmir unit Jammu , August 17 : BJPs displaced Kashmir unit on Wednesday attacked the Union Territory administration for failure to make an SIT report into the killing of Kashmiri Pandit employees public, saying the lapse raises a question mark on the intention of authorities. The BJP unit also blamed the government for the killing of Sunil Kumar Bhat, a local Kashmiri Pandit, and said that the continued targeted killing of Kashmiri Hindus was due to the failure of the administration. Militants belonging to Al-badr outfit shot dead Bhat and injured his cousin Pritmber Kumar Bhat on Tuesday at an apple orchard in south Kashmirs Shopian district, which was the site of similar attacks against minorities in April.
Protracted violence damaged J&K's interests to its core: Altaf Bukhari Srinagar , August 17 : Srinagar, Aug 17: Apni Party (AP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Wednesday said that the enduring violence, over the past more than thirty years, has damaged the interests of J&K to its core. He said the gun culture has not only stopped the growth of J&K in terms of its development but has also been hindering the prospect of the Union Territory (UT). According to a statement from the party, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari was addressing a public rally at north Kashmir's Kupwara.