Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday demanded restoration of special status for Jammu and Kashmir as an alliance led by Kashmiri parties has taken the lead in the local government election.
“The BJP is the one which turned these elections as a referendum of its policy of 2019. I hope they have understood the desire of the people,” said Abdullah, news agency PTI quoted former state chief as saying. Abdullah asserted that if the BJP believes in democracy, it should immediately reverse its decision to repeal special status and respect the verdict of the people of this region.
The Modi government abolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 claiming that it is detrimental to the complete unification of the country.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Commissioner Sushma Chauhan said that restrictive and prohibitory measures were in place and no victory processions would be allowed by political parties and independent candidates without permission.
A paper ballot system was used in these elections, so the declaration of all the results is taking longer than usual.