JAMMU, Sept 7: Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) has expressed grave concern over the deletion of names of Kashmiri displaced people from the voter lists in Municipal elections at Jammu under a big conspiracy hatched by some elements in the establishment and political parties who are causing a great damage to the rights and interests of the community.
Kundan Kashmiri, president, KPC stated that Pandits are running in 29 years of exiled life and are refugees in their own country who are facing all human right violations as is evident that the voting rights in Municipal elections have been snatched by deleting their names from the voter lists of the respective wards, where they are residing for the last three decades and where need every civic facilities at the place of living , but unfortunately, the community is being forced to cast the votes for the members who are far away and have no benefit of the same.
He termed it murder of democratic process and deliberately depriving the hapless community from right to exercise their franchise which would further alienate the internally-displaced KPs.
While expressing surprise over maintaining silence over this issue by political parties Kashmiri appealed Home Minister and Governor of J&K State to immediately intervene in the matter and get undemocratic decision reversed , so that KPs could exercise their right to franchise and participate in the grass-root level democratic process.
In this regard a memorandum has also been submitted by KPC to Home Secretary, and election Commissioner, New Delhi.