Former union minister condemns'harassment' of voters in Kashmir

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: May 10, 2014 22:52 IST

Former union minister Chaman Lal Gupta has condemned the "harassment" of the electorates who had cast their votes in Kashmir and stressed for firm measures to tackle the menace of terror.

Commenting upon the reports that separatists and ultras are harassing the electorates in Baramulla and other places for casting votes for the Lok Sabha polls, MLA Gupta said it was strange that the authorities concerned were failing to take action against the elements and were openly thrashing the electorates who exercised their franchise but little action was being taken against those who preached boycott and now harassing the voters on one pretext or the other.

He said the situation in the troubled Kashmir was getting complicated but for poor governance. If there had been a government of the name, such unlawful activities would not have been there. He impressed upon the ruling leaders to realise their duties towards the citizens.

Gupta said repeated boycotts indicated the weakness of the government leaders who too wanted such boycotts so that they might not have to depend upon the large number of voters. They wanted to get elected with limited strength of people.

He asked the separatists not to play with the rights of the people as this would not serve any cause.

He also impressed on the Election Commission to take note of the sad happenings in Kashmir during and after the polling.

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