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Video of Jammu and Kashmir minister invoking religion for votes goes viral

PTI
Published Mar 31, 2014, 8:44 pm IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 6:56 am IST
Sakina Itoo is seen asking old man to take oath with Quran to support her in elections
Jammu and Kashmir's social welfare minister Sakina Itoo sitting with an old man (Photo: screenshot)
 Jammu and Kashmir's social welfare minister Sakina Itoo sitting with an old man (Photo: screenshot)

Srinagar: A video clip has appeared on social networking sites, which purportedly shows a Jammu and Kashmir minister invoking religion to seek support of a reluctant old man in the upcoming elections.

Jammu and Kashmir's social welfare minister Sakina Itoo, the only woman minister in the Omar Abdullah cabinet, along with her party workers, is apparently seen asking the old man to support her during the elections.

"I am like your daughter, you take oath with Quran in your hands that you will support us in the elections like in the past," Itoo is seen telling him in the video. However, the man is seen eventually pledging support to Itoo and the party.

Meanwhile, the National Conference said that there was "absolutely nothing wrong" with the minister's actions which are a part of the culture here and there was no violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

"The party stand is that there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. We believe there was no violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Certain things are vernacular and part of the culture and people here understand that," NC spokesman Junaid Matto told

The exact date of 3:11 minute-video, which went viral on social networking sites and has become a topic of discussions among the netizens, is not known.

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