Srinagar’s impressive voter turnout due to Article 370 abrogation: Modi

TNN Bureau. Updated: 5/15/2024 12:16:21 AM Front Page

People of J&K given befitting reply to those still advocating its restoration, says Shah

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the most impressive event of the current election is the huge turnout of voters in Srinagar which, he said, became possible due to abrogation of Article 370.
Addressing a BJP election rally in Koderma, Jharkhand, he said after decades, people in the Kashmir Capital expressed their faith in democracy in such large numbers and put a stamp of approval in favour of the Indian Constitution.
"After decades, a festival of democracy was witnessed in Srinagar, he said. Not only there was a large turn-out but people were full of enthusiasm and fervour, and expressed the view the change was brought by the abrogation of Article 370, and Modi’s arrival on the scene, he said. This event showed Modi is on the right path," he said.
The Prime Minister said after this event, those who abuse Modi on the abrogation of Article 370, should hear clearly that disappearance of the wall of Article 370 has brought people closer, their hearts are united, “our dreams and aspirations are taking shape together, there could be no bigger event in the life of the Indian democracy,” he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also lauds high voter turnout. He said that the Narendra Modi government's decision to abrogate Article 370 is showing results in the poll percentage in Jammu and Kashmir and has enhanced people's trust in democracy.
The home minister's remarks came a day after about 38 per cent polling was recorded in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held in the 4th phase of the general elections.
Srinagar recorded 14.43 per cent polling in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, 25.86 per cent in 2014, 25.55 per cent in 2009 and 18.57 per cent in 2004.
"The Modi government's decision to abrogate Article 370 is showing results in the poll percentage as well. It has enhanced people's trust in democracy and its roots have deepened in Jammu and Kashmir," he wrote on 'X'.
Shah said that through the rise in the poll percentage, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have given a befitting reply to those who opposed the abrogation of Article 370 provisions and are still advocating its restoration.
The Modi government abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, in 2019 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union Territories'” Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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