Thousands defy boycott call to vote in Kashmir

Thousands defy boycott call to vote in Kashmir
 

Thousands of Kashmiris cast votes in state elections yesterday, despite a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups that reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.
Voters went to the polls in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state where prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to win power for the first time.
The disputed Kashmir region is claimed by both India and Pakistan.
Voter turnout was high, at 70 per cent, despite cold temperatures, the Election Commission said. It said the first phase of the elections was “flawless”, with no incidents... read more

 
26 November 2014 in World News, Views: 28
Source: Scotsman
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