Anantnag, Apr 30 : Defying the boycott call by the separatist faction of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, residents came out in large numbers to cast their votes in Kashmir on Thursday.
While Srinagar wore a deserted look, in Anantnag residents thronged the polling booths from early morning to cast their votes with hopes of electing a government that would deliver on its promises.
"We want to elect a candidate who will help us and work for the upliftment and development of our region," said Umer Majeed, one of the early voters.
The separatists have called for a 50-hour shutdown in the valley, against the polls.
This is not the first time the separatists have given a call for poll boycott in Kashmir.