Fingers crossed

Fingers crossed
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Security agencies have tightened noose around the separatists to prevent them from intensifying poll boycott campaign in the Valley.
To begin with J&K Police have arrested the JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and in coming days there is every possibility about curbs being imposed on the movement of the other separatist leaders.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has activated entire government machinery to ensure that people come out to vote in the forthcoming municipal and panchayat polls in the Valley. Authorities don’t want to take any chances and want polling days to pass off peacefully.
Memories of the polling day when by-elections for Srinagar parliamentary constituency were held on 2017 are still afresh in the minds of the people. The polling day witnessed large scale violence and low turnout of voters. Authorities want to ensure that no untoward incident takes place this time around.
New Delhi has been claiming that these polls are being held to empower the grass root workers so that the benefits of the centrally sponsored schemes trickle down to the masses. Elections are an important part of the democracy but these polls have lost significance in absence of the two major mainstream parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party boycotting these polls. Even the number of candidates is less. These polls seem to be aimed at just putting the panchayats and local bodies at place so that the things can move on.
Whatever said and done the October month is going to be tough for the security agencies as they would have to work on multiple fronts to make these polls a success. Everyone has kept his fingers crossed and wants the polling to end on a peaceful note.