Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla visited Srinagar on August 29. Speaking to ANI, Speaker Om Birla said that democracy in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh strengthened due to public participation. "In JandK and Ladakh, democratic processes have been restored. People participated heavily in the Panchayat, Block Development Council (BDC) and District Development Council (DDC) polls. These polls have strengthened the democracy," said Speaker Om Birla.