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Those who do not vote should not complain about politicians they get: Omar

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Omar Abdullah. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that people who abstain from voting should refrain from complaining about the politicians they end up with.

In an interview with an anchor, also shared on social media by JKNC X handle, Omar said, “Democracy thrives when citizens actively participate, especially during elections. If you choose not to exercise your right to vote, you forfeit your voice in the democratic process. It’s a simple equation: those who do not vote should not complain about the politicians they get.”

Meanwhile, the political parties are in the final phase of finalising their candidates in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh parliamentary seats with reports coming in that two former Chief Ministers – Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah will contest from Anantnag and Srinagar constituencies respectively.

One report by a local news agency KNO suggested that it has come during the confabulations that PDP’s influence over the South Kashmir Anantnag Lok Sabha seat is noteworthy, surpassing that of NC.

In the seat allocation discussions, it has been tentatively agreed to be allocated to Mehbooba Mufti. However, formal announcements regarding these arrangements are pending.

Furthermore, as speculation swirls over the potential candidates for the India Alliance in the valley, several prominent figures emerge as frontrunners. Omar Abdullah is anticipated to contest from Srinagar, while Aga Ruhalla, a youth leader hailing from North Kashmir, and Sajjad Kargili are poised to represent NC in their respective constituencies.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti herself is likely to vie for the South Kashmir seat, with sources indicating support from Gujjar Bakarwal leader Mian Altaf.

Meanwhile, Sajjad Gani Lone’s Jammu Kashmir People’s Conference has also announced the name of party president Sajjad Gani Lone for the Baramulla seat of North Kashmir and the party says that the party will soon announce two other seats located in the Kashmir division.

Reports inform that PC is heavily banking on prominent trade union leader and former legislator Mohammad Khurshid Alam for Srinagar constituency. Alam, as per reports enjoys wide support from various employees organizations and from the old city of Srinagar which is likely to prove a game changer during the final battle.

However, the Peoples Conference has clarified that it will not contest elections from Jammu division, so that the votes are not divided. However, Apni Party can field another leader Rafi Mir, who has separated from PDP, in the election contest from South Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir State Congress Chief Vikar Rasool Wani has indicated that the distribution of Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will be unveiled in the initial week of March. He emphasized that discussions are ongoing regarding the allocation of the six parliamentary seats, with a definitive announcement slated by the first week.

Wani stated that all parties within the alliance are engaging in cooperative efforts to bolster the ally candidate, aiming for a resounding defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its removal from power. He further asserted that the forthcoming Lok Sabha candidates’ names will be disclosed shortly.

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