Security Being Used As Pretext To Impede Democracy In J&K: Farooq Abdullah

Security Being Used As Pretext To Impede Democracy In J&K: Farooq Abdullah

No government has the right to alter the foundations of democracy, Farooq Abdullah said (File)

The president of People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Farooq Abdullah, on Saturday alleged that security was being used as a pretext to impede and customize democracy in the Union Territory.

In a two-page letter to J-K Election Commissioner K K Sharma, Mr Abdullah, who is at present a Lok Sabha member from Srinagar, said providing security to a select few and literally interning the rest is a gross interference in democracy.

"I am taking the liberty of writing to you about the upcoming DDC elections. A strange and a unique feature has come to the fore. Candidates put up by the PAGD are immediately whisked away to 'secure locations' in the name of security and confined to those ''secure locations''. They are not allowed to canvass, they are completely out of touch with those from whom they are supposed to seek votes," Mr Abdullah alleged in the letter.

He said the parties' part of the PAGD have been in power in the past and have had the opportunity to head and run the government and are aware of the challenges posed in the realm of security in a place beset by violence.

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