Voting percentage, key factor

Voting percentage, key factor
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Large number of people taking part in election rallies in north Kashmir’s Baramulla parliamentary constituency has set the tone for first phase of polling to be held on Thursday.
None of the political parties, including National Conference, Peoples Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Awami Ithad Party and others seem sure. If the people throng the polling booths in large numbers then no one can predict the winner. Voter turnout would be the key. If it’s high then any party can emerge victorious.
All the parties have carried out intensive campaign during the past few weeks in north Kashmir. National Conference, Peoples Conference and AIP led by Er Rasheed have held maximum number of rallies in north Kashmir. The PDP has not been that active.
Many people believe that boycott factor may not play any role in Baramulla constituency and the candidate who secures maximum number of votes would emerge victorious. For National Conference winning the Baramulla seat is a matter of pride, while the Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone is aware about the fact that Baramulla constituency is the only seat, among the three constituencies, where PC can turn the tables on NC. Er Rasheed too enjoys good support in north Kashmir and he could also prove to be a tough contender.
Just one month ago, when war clouds were looming large no one had imagined that Lok Sabha polls would become so interesting and people would attend the election rallies in droves. If the polling percentage remains high it would be a big achievement for Governor’s administration as just a few months before NC and PDP had boycotted Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies Polls citing many reasons. These parties had even threatened to stay away from Parliamentary and Assembly polls but today both NC and PDP are desperate to register a win.