CPI(M) not to contest polls in J&K: Tarigami

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Apr 2: Senior CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami today accused the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) of resorting to dictatorship and said his party would not contest in the Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir to consolidate votes and get rid of the BJP.
“We will not contest (the Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir) directly. Our political approach in today’s times would be to defeat the BJP, to stop them from forming a government. They have already done a lot of damage to Jammu and Kashmir,” Tarigami said here.
“We also appeal to other political parties to ensure that votes do not get divided. We hope we get rid of the tyrants soon. Keeping differences aside, we should have been loyal towards our people at least. It should have been a fight for the rights of people,” the CPI(M) leader said.
He said it was unfortunate that Jammu and Kashmir has always been in the crossfire and there has been restlessness among its people.
“Today’s Government left no stone unturned to demolish the very foundation of the pact between the Centre and the people. We have always been deprived of our constitutional rights. They (BJP) eroded Article 370 also,” Tarigami said.
The CPI(M) leader said, “If BJP had a clear roadmap, they would not have resorted to dictatorship. They downgraded Jammu and Kashmir into a Union territory. Look at the plight of government employees here,”, he said.
Tarigami said the PAGD is not an electoral alliance and every constituent has their own political interests.