Separatists call for poll boycott

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Separatists today called for boycott of the upcoming Municipal and Panchayat elections that are being held in the State later this year.
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik announced this during a crucial meeting at Hyderpora today.
“They want to thrust and enforce Panchayat and Municipal elections upon us through additional deployment of lakhs of forces under the pretext of lapse of developmental funds. These enforced elections are nothing but another assault on people to harass them and cause them further inconvenience and agony. It hardly matters for them if people get killed in the process,” said the statement.
“People of Kashmir know too well that when it comes to J&K all power rests with New Delhi and all decisions flow from there. Any participation in them is propagated as people’s verdict in favour of India and hence they are used as a means to dilute J&K’s disputed status and undo the holding of a referendum as promised by India at the UN. These elections only bring prosperity to an opportunist class of people whom India has patronised in Kashmir”, the statement said.
“New Delhi has never believed in empowering the people of J&K or the institutions here, for it knows that it’s connect with the State is neither legitimate nor moral but an outcome of manipulation’s and broken promises”, read the statement.
The leadership commended people on their steadfastness and unity in strongly opposing the tinkering with hereditary State subject law being challenged in the Supreme Court.
They said that the separatist leadership continuously bears the brunt of daily crackdowns in every nook and corner of the State especially the Valley, in the form of killings, harassment and repression.
“Lately we are being threatened through the judicial route where our very identity and disputed status is being put at stake by proposing to alter the demography of our State”, the statement said.