Mehbooba Mufti urges Farooq Abdullah to call for an all-party meet as 2.5 million new voters to be anticipated in J&K elections.
Mumbai: Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister, claimed on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was “bringing voters from back-door to install a fascist” on the same day that the top electoral official in the area declared that anyone residing in Jammu & Kashmir, regardless of whether they are a permanent resident or not, is eligible to vote. She claimed there had been an attempt to alter Jammu and Kashmir’s demographics and referred to it as the last straw for electoral democracy.
Hirdesh Kumar Singh, the chief electoral officer, stated on Wednesday that approximately 2.5 million new voters are anticipated to be enrolled as a result of a special revision of the electoral roll after J&K’s semi-autonomous status was revoked, which prohibited non-residents from purchasing property and obtaining government jobs until 2019.
Mufti requested National Conference president Farooq Abdullah to call an all-party meeting to decide the next course of action and invite even those who they have differences of opinion with.
Mufti added the BJP now wants to reduce the voting power of the people of J&K.She said the BJP has only one motive of forming governments everywhere. “In Jammu & Kashmir, they want to install a fascist local, using fraudulent elections. Three years have passed since they have directly ruled here and still they could not break the resolve of the people. Now they are using a back-door and bringing 2.5 million voters of BJP to bring demographic changes. These changes are not against Muslims only but also against Jammu’s Dogras and Pandits,” she said.
“After 2024 [national] elections, they are going to finish the Constitution of this country and change its flag to the bhagwa [saffron]. They want to turn this country into a BJP nation and not a Hindu nation” ,she added.
The rolls were initially required to be released by October 25 as part of the required procedure before the election dates could be proclaimed by the Election Commission of India. Now, November 25 will see the release of the last roll. Before it was finalised, a draught roll had to be prepared by August 31.
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