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Villagers vote for development in Bhaderwah

June 11, 2011 - Bhaderwah

Once Known as hot bed of militancy and now a famous tourist destination, residents of Bhaderwah tehsil in District Doda are looking forward to development and growth while casting ballots in the village council poll on Saturday.

Polling in the area began with a huge queue outside the polling station, with men and women turning out in large numbers.

One of the contesting candidates said they wanted development of their region.

"I'm contesting for the sarpanch post. If elected, my sole motive is for development of the area, be it roads, hospitals educational institutions and other problems of the locals," said Khurshid Ahmed, a candidate from Chakka Bhaderwah..

Mehak Shabir Qazi, a voter, said that it is important as a woman to participate in the electoral process and move on in life.

"The role of the women would be very important as they need to move on in life. As a woman it was important to take part in the election as it would be held again after so many years from now," said Mahek.

Nearly 254 polling stations have been set up in the region for 42 Panchayats out of which 241 are considered as normal while 13 are declared to be sensitive.

In the restive state, the village council elections are being held after a gap of 10 years amid tight security in 16 phases. The elections began on April 13 and would continue till June 30.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in two decades of anti-India insurgency in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan by a ceasefire line monitored by the United Nations and claimed by both the countries. By Javed Ahmed


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