<b>Srinagar</b>: In Kashmir's traditional political lexicon the Quran<i>, </i>Islam's holy book- has been used, time and again, to buy allegiances during election campaigning, sometimes even to switch loyalties. Though it is nothing new in Kashmir but no one, until now, had been caught on camera in the act. Ambitious political leaders would force people in rural areas of Kashmir to take vows to vote for them with their hands on theQuran, but always behind closed doors. But now, <a href=https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=728725967171506&amp;set=vb.100001023270066&amp;type=2&amp;theater target=_blank>a three-minute-long video </a>of Social Welfare minister Sakina Itoo, has gone viral on social networking sites. The video shows the only woman minister in Omar Abdullah's government and her workers forcing Gul Mohd Malik, a resident of Ringth in Noorabad South Kashmir, to swear that he wouldsupport her party in the coming election and vote for her. Malik, a supporter of Itoo's now deceased father, is seen being forced to make the promise, though he responds with vehemence that Quran<i> </i>is meant for recitation and not to take vows on. But the minister, Itoo, is seen grabbing the hand of the Malik compelling him to take the vow.
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