State Times News JAMMU: Large number of migrant voters, camping in Jagti Township, on Tuesday staged protest demonstrations outside the main gate of the polling station after they detected their names were deleted from the voters list despite filling M-forms, mandatory for migrant voters. Deprived of their fundamental right to vote, the migrant voters accused the Government of India of snatching away their voting rights and not giving them the opportunity to cast their votes. “We are living in exile for over 29 years and still we are being deprived of our voting rights”, large number of migrants who were struggling to find their names in the voters list, alleged. Speaking to reporters outside the polling station in Jagti township, some of the vocal Kashmiri migrants squarely blamed Government of India for not addressing the issue for the past thirty years. Sunil Bhat said, “It is evident the Government of India is not sincere towards our demands. When we have been demanding to stop M-forms and allow us to vote on the basis of our ration cards and data available with the office of Relief Commissioner why they have not fulfilled our demand till date and why they have to face hardships at the polling booths while searching their names”. He said despite filing M forms their names have been found deleted.
Some other angry Kashmiri migrant voters alleged if the government will continue with the practice of filing M forms Kashmiri migrant voters, they will go to the extent of boycotting the Assembly poll process.
Veerji Raina, a migrant voter said, large number of migrant electors have been deprived of their EPIC cards as well. He wondered as to how Government of India could justify deletion of their names from the voters list especially after filing M-forms. Another migrant voter claimed that out of over 40,000 migrant voters, names of only 18,000 voters figure in the voting list. He said, ” It is very unfortunate that Government of India is discriminating with the migrant voters and even 30 years after they cannot exercise their right to vote and elect their representative. “They are trying to crushing our voice when we are alive, we will not tolerate this injustice, we have decided to boycott the Assembly polls in the state if our demands were not met”, he added.
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