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Boycott remark by Minority Cell office bearer unauthorized: NC’s Bakaya

Boycott remark by Minority Cell office bearer unauthorized: NC’s Bakaya
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ECI must do away with cumbersome M-Form process for KP migrant voters

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JAMMU: Patron, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Minority Cell, Vijay Bakaya on Tuesday described the remarks by an office bearer of the cell over boycott of polls to Legislative Assembly by Kashmiri Pandits, as “unauthorized”.
“Such a statement is unauthorized and has been made in personal capacity”, Bakaya said in a statement.
A former Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir and a senior National Conference leader, Bakaya clarified that all the Kashmiri Pandit organisations, including the National Conference Minority Cell, have been “relentlessly” pursuing with the Election Commission (EC) that the system of M-Forms for KP Migrant voters be done away with “as the cumbersome process is working as a deterrent for casting of votes”.
He emphasized that all the Kashmiri Pandits, wherever living, “are keen to exercise their democratic right to vote like any other citizen of India and are dismayed that the Election Commission is not responding to this sensitivity of more than one lakh registered voters”.
Bakaya said that while the NC Minority Cell would continue its efforts to get the M-Form irritant removed, “there is no question of Kashmiri Pandits boycotting the polls as that would go contrary to their intense desire to be politically empowered”.
NC leader visits fire affected areas, seeks free ration, interim relief
VIJAYPUR: Former minister and State Secretary National Conference, Surjeet Singh Slathia on Tuesday visited Nanga Village in Ramgarh area of Vijaypur Assembly Constituency to take stock of the damages caused to crops.
Crops spread on 216 kanals of land are said to have been damaged in a fire incident in the area, thus taking toll on farmers.
Slathia met the affected farmers and expressed solidarity with them, assuring that the matter will be taken up with all the concerned for assessment of losses and payment of interim relief.
The farmers gave an account of the damages caused to the crops, saying this was their only source of sustenance.
The former minister urged the district administration, especially the revenue authorities to depute an empowered team for assessing the damages caused to the crops for payment of compensation.
Till the time of the completion of survey, the affected farmers should be provided interim relief as also three months free rations, he pleaded.
He also made appealed the governor’s administration for ensuring immediate relief to the suffering farming community of the area.


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