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Give peace a chance and vote: Omar

Chief minister Omar Abdullah has said that boycotting elections would be of no help to the people and they should participate in the election process.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2014 19:49 IST

Chief minister Omar Abdullah has said that boycotting elections would be of no help to the people and they should participate in the election process.

"This year is significant for the state as both parliamentary and assembly elections are being held this year. I appeal to the people to exercise their right to vote. Boycotts in the past have done no good," Omar said in his address on the eve of Republic Day.


The CM's statement came on the helps of separatist leader Sayed Ali Shah Geelani's appeal to the people to boycott elections. He had said that "New Delhi-sponsored parties such as Congress, National Conference and People's Democratic Party" were a part of the process under which Kashmiris were being "slaughtered".

Omar said progress, when it came to development, had been possible because of peace prevailing in the state in the past five years. He said restoration of peace had helped improve tourism. "Peace is of paramount importance to carry forward development and resolve all issues in an atmosphere of amity," he said. "Arms are no answer to any problem. Wars have never solved any issue, but created many."