Battle for votes begins

Battle for votes begins
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With just 20-days left for parliamentary elections to be held in Srinagar-Budgam constituency, political parties have intensified their activities. Every politician is trying to tell the people that they should choose him as he only can represent them.
National Conference candidate from Baramulla constituency Muhammad Akbar Lone has already got caught in a controversy as BJP candidate from the same constituency has demanded filing of a FIR against him for purportedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans.
Some days ago former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had said that PDP workers are “real mujahideen.” General secretary of National Conference Ali Mohammad Sagar has responded by claiming that NC workers are “original mujahideen.”
Terminology being used by the Kashmiri leaders is clear indication of the lines on which the politicians want to fight the forthcoming elections.
In coming days once can expect politicians to promise anything to get votes. National Conference believes that it has got upper hand in Srinagar constituency and it can turn the tables on the candidate of any party but everyone knows that field is wide open and anyone can chip in.
All the parties would try their best to lure the voters by raising one or other slogan. NC and PDP can take turn the heat on each other by discussing who are the “mujahideen” NC or PD workers. Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts set to witness a “big tamasha” during the next 20-days. But the important factor which would decide the winner is that how many people would come forward to participate in the election process. The polling percentage will ultimately decide who would win and who would lose. No one at this point of time cam predict the voting percentage.