Trend reversed

Trend reversed
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The first phase of Panchayat polls recording 74.1% polling has relieved the Governor’s administration as people coming out to vote in large numbers has reversed the trend which was set during the Urban Local Bodies polls. The low voting percentage in the ULB polls had put the question mark on the entire poll process.
Many people believe that major mainstream parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party boycotting the ULB polls had also created a void and had kept their activists and workers away from the entire process. Soon after the results of the ULB polls were declared National Conference and the PDP realized that they have provided an opportunity to the Bharatiya Janata Party to make inroads into the Valley and if they stay away from Panchayat polls it would make them further lose ground in the Valley. The ongoing Panchayat elections are being held on non-partisan basis and the speculations are rife that both NC and PDP have given go ahead to their workers and activists to contest the Panchayat elections. This has led to the increase in polling percentage and has made the contest tough.
Soon after the polling ended Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed happiness over more than 70% people coming out to exercise their franchise. As the polls have commenced on a positive note the people at the helm would want the polling percentage to increase in coming phases too. The participation of NC and PDP backed candidates in the election process has added spice to the entire process. The BJP backed candidates won’t find it easy to win the Panchayat polls if the candidates, whom the local parties support, contest from all the seats. The provincial president of National Conference Nasir Aslam Wani has already hinted that participation of NC in the elections has unnerved the BJP.