Baramulla Lok Sabha elections present mixed picture

Rameez Makhdoomi

Baramulla Lok Sabha seat witnessed an impressive voting in number of areas with strong areas of boycott as well.
At Sonwari Assembly segment long lines of voters were lined up in pooling booths from Shadipora to Safapora belt, with male voters exceeding the female voters.
Bandipora too witnessed festive voting, with entire Kupwara district barring few areas witnessing good voting.
Reports of good voting poured in from Uri, Gurez and Karnah.
Pattan too had people voting in impressive numbers.
Even within few hours Safapora in Sonawari constituency witnessed good voting.
News Kashmir Ground Report
At 10 :40 am the situation of election for Baramulla constituency was:
[758 votes total at Safapora E 115 polled, male 79 polled female 36 .Male votes are 382 female are 376 votes .
Safapora F total votes 676 polled 57 , male 50 , female 7 .(Male 353 female 323 .)

Safapora Bandipora H. Total 964 votes 61 Votes polled. 55 cast by Male, 6 by female (Male 493 female 471 .)
Total votes 999 at Safapora .Total 98 cast male polled 71 female 27.(male 511 female 488 ).

Strong boycott was witnessed in Baramulla town, Sopore and few villages of Langate and Handwara.
At 1:30 pm out of Total 598 votes (male 287 female 11) total eight votes were cast in almustafa colony o90.
2 votes were cast out of 1016 ( male 518 female 498 ).islami baghibaramulla.
One vote cast out of 847 (male 400 447 female. Polling Syed Karim b Baramulla.

People stated that they were voting to get their basic issues addressed and end harassment culture.
Shafat Ahmad,a contractor by profession at Safapora stated ” The vote is to change the dismal picture with reference to the development of the people .We are voting to get better facilities and good standards of life .”

The contest looked three-way between the National Conference leader Akbar Lone and People’s Conference Raja Aijaz Ali and Independent Engineer Rashid.

Pic by Danish Tariq.