Saturday, November 9, 2013

Omar Abdullah asks Centre to rescind negative voting option

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has expressed concerns over the introduction of negative voting in the country, saying it would boost separatist campaign seeking rejection of mainstream politics. He has asked the Centre to either rescind the option or bring in an ordinance to exempt his state from it.

Sources said the chief minister has spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi about the negative impact of the introduction.

A senior Congress minister, pleading anonymity, told TOI Omar wrote to Sonia and explained separatists, who otherwise call for poll boycott, would now campaign for negative balloting.

He added the chief minister feared it would \"nullify the electoral process in Jammu & Kashmir and serve as plebiscite against the mainstream politics in Kashmir\".
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