Governor’s plain talk

Governor’s plain talk
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Former spokesman of National Conference Junaid Azim Mattu is in news again. Governor Satya Pal Malik has stirred the hornet’s nest by stating that Srinagar would get a foreign educated Mayor. He didn’t name Mattu but everyone knows that he is the only foreign returned candidate contesting municipal polls in Srinagar.
Mattu tried to distance himself from the controversy by putting the ball in Governor’s court. But the National Conference seems in no mood to relent. The party has been stating that the Governor Malik has crossed the line by projecting foreign educated man as the new Mayor of Srinagar.
The two phases of the municipal polls have already been held. Low turnout of the voters in Kashmir in both the phases has proved that people of the Valley are not interested in polls. In the first phase Kashmir witnessed 8% polling and in second phase Valley recorded only 3% polling.
It seems that both National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party are feeling the pinch of staying away from polls. Had these parties contested these polls there was a possibility about keeping them keeping their flock together. The low voter turnout could have helped their cause and would have provided a chance to keep their grass root workers busy.
The Governor Malik’s another assertion that NC and PDP wanted to contest these elections without symbols has jittered both the parties as the NC and PDP leaders have been claiming that they were never interested in these elections. The municipal polls would end within a few days and the stage is set for Panchayat polls, where no symbols are required. If NC and PDP decide to contest the forthcoming Panchayat polls without symbols it could make these elections interesting.