ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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KASHMIR-Basis for a New Edifice

KASHMIR Basis for a New Edifice? LAST month's civic elections gave Sheikh Abdullah the opportunity to win an election in Kashmir after 21 years. Though the issues and the size of the electorate and the constituencies were different on the two occasions, the results were almost similar. In 1951, the Sheikh led the campaign for the election to the Constituent Assembly as a hero of the freedom movement with total control over state power. His party won all the seats in the Valley without any contest. In the recent civic elections, he led the campaign of the United Front as a rebel and again swept the polls. The Front won all the 28 seats of the Srinagar Municipality, 11 of them unopposed, all the 11 seats in Sopore, nine of the 11 seats in Baramulla and eight out of nine seats in Anantnag. The three successful candidates who defied the massive pro- Abdullah wave included two Sikhs in two predominantly minority constituencies in Haramulla and one Jamaat-e- Islanu candidate in Anantnag, who won by a narrow margin of 13 votes.

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