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Over 1 lakh displaced Kashmiris denied right to vote in civic polls: BJP

In January-February 2005, the municipal elections were last conducted and the elected bodies had completed their five-year term in March 2010.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Jammu [ Updated: August 08, 2018 15:46 IST ]
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More than one lakh displaced Kashmiri people are being denied their fundamental right to vote in the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, alleged the BJP on Wednesday.

Displaced Kashmiri people had voted in 2005 Municipal polls in Jammu but this time they are being denied this basic fundamental right to vote, said BJP state vice president G L Raina. 

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"Over one lakh displaced Kashmiri people are being denied their fundamental right to vote in civic polls in J&K by the Election Commission of India (ECI) by either deleting their names from voter lists or not listing them in voter lists for the coming polls in the state," Raina said in a press conference here, reported news agency PTI. 

Party urged Governor N N Vohra to intervene in the matter and claimed that it also took up the matter with Chief Electoral Officer of J&K Shaleen Kabra but he ignored the request.

In January-February 2005, the municipal elections were last conducted and the elected bodies had completed their five-year term in March 2010.

It is pertinent to mention here that allegation by the BJP has come just a few months before the Lok Sabha elections 2019. In June this year, BJP pulled out of an alliance with PDP. Opposition alleged that the move was taken keeping in mind the general elections.    

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