Huge voter turn-out in J

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New Delhi, Nov 18 (UNI) Hailing it as the victory of democracy, the Congress today said the "huge" voter turn-out in the peaceful first phase poll in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections yesterday augured well for the unity and integrity of the country.

AICC Spokesman Manish Tewari told mediapersons that it was the rule of the Congress in the past three years that had encouraged the people to participate in the electoral process in such large numbers.

He said though the law and order situation deteriorated in the wake of the Amarnath land row, it was the development works undertaken by the Congress government that had reinforced a lot of confidence in the minds of the people and encouraged them to participate in the election.

About 64 per cent of 6,06,667 voters cast their ballots in ten assembly seats in the first phase of the seven-tier polls in Jammu and Kashmir where the President's rule was imposed six months ago after Congress Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned after his government lost majority.

''In spite of the secessionist politics and support of the BJP for the forces favouring trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the people had demonstrated their faith in democracy which augurs well for the unity and integrity of the country,'' Mr Tewari said.

''We wish that the remaining phases of the polls in Jammu and Kashmir are also peaceful with a huge voter turn out so that the Congress can come to power and continue with its development works in the state,'' he added.

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