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Mehbooba Mufti organizes sit-in protests, alleges election rigging in Anantnag-Rajouri

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Mehbooba Mufti protests against alleged arrests

What’s the story

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti staged a sit-in protest on Saturday, alleging that her party workers and poll workers were being held “without any reason.”

“PDP workers are being locked up in police stations for no reason. DG, LG and all officials from top to bottom are involved in this,” she stated.

Mufti, who is contesting from Anantnag-Rajouri seat in Jammu and Kashmir, also alleged that attempts were made to tamper with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Mufti expresses concern over alleged tampering with the EVM

She further claimed that the outgoing calls from her mobile phone have been disabled.

“I haven’t been able to make calls since this morning. There is no explanation for this sudden suspension of services on election day in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency,” Mehbooba Mufti told news agency PTI.

The PDP chief had already written a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday regarding the alleged detention of party workers.

Mufti protests with party workers

Anantnag police refute Mufti’s detention claims

However, Anantnag police refuted Mufti’s claims of illegal detentions.

They stated that there were few detentions and that only individuals with checkered histories were involved.

“A political party has claimed that their employees have been detained. First, arrests are very few and limited only to those with a tainted past and based on credible input of potential threats to public order and security on election day.” They wrote.

Significance of the elections and realignment in Jammu and Kashmir

These elections are the first general elections in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

This is also the first election in Anantnag-Rajouri after the 2022 delimitation exercise, which combined Poonch and Rajouri into one constituency.

Five Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir will go to the polls in the 2024 elections: Baramulla, Srinagar, Anantnag-Rajouri, Udhampur and Jammu.

The voting for the seats in Jammu, Baramulla, Srinagar and Udhampur has already been completed.