Modi’s BJP runs away from elections in occupied Kashmir

In fourth phase of elections, polling held for 96 seats in occupied Kashmir and eight other states.

SRINAGAR: In the fourth phase of Indian elections, polling was held in occupied Kashmir and eight other states for 96 seats on Monday.

Fearing humiliation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP decided not to field any candidate from the three seats in the occupied territory.

In the polling for the seat from Srinagar, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and his son also cast their votes. According to election officials, the turnout in the nine constituencies remained 62.9 percent.

After abolition of Kashmir’s special status under Indian constitution’s article 370 in August 2019, these were the first elections held in occupied Kashmir.

On this occupation, hundreds of thousands of military and paramilitary troops were deployed in Kashmir. The last phase of elections will be held on May 20 while results will be out on June 4.

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