Manmohan Singh, Sonia hail successful conduct of J-K elections

December 28th, 2008 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Dec.28 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed happiness over the large turn out of voters in the recently held polls for Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly for which counting of results is on today.
Addressing reporters on the sidelines of the Foundation Day of Congress Seva Dal (Congress Volunteers) here, Dr. Singh termed the large turnout in the J&K elections as a “vote for democracy”.
“Well, I think the large turn out of voters is a vote for democracy, is a vote for national integration, and therefore we are all very happy at the large turnout and who wins and who loses that’’s the secondary issue,” said Dr.Manmohan Singh.
Without naming Pakistan, Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, termed the larger turnout as lesson to Indian neighbour.
“I have been saying from the very beginning that elections must be held on time. I am glad that they happened on time, And I have been saying from the beginning that it doesn”t matter who wins. What matters is that the people of the valley, the people of Jammu and the people of Jammu Kashmir have expressed their full faith in the democratic system, which is I think is a lesson to be learnt by our neighbours,” noted Sonia Gandhi, President of Congress Party.
Separatist leaders in Kashmir had called for a boycott of the seven-phase election.
Counting of votes for the 87 assembly constituencies began amidst tight security in J-K to bring an end to months long Governor’’s rule in the State.
The political fate of a total of 1,354 candidates including several former state chiefs and 64 women candidates have contested is at stake. (ANI)

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