Elections meaningless without participation of major parties: NC

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 28: Claiming that people from all corners of the State have put up a brave front against machinations aimed to fiddle with Article 35 A, National Conference additional general secretary, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal today said that Local Body and Panchayat elections were meaningless without participation of major regional parties.
Addressing a meeting of party functionaries from Amira Kadal constituency, he said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were ready to give sacrifices for the protection of the Art 35 A. “Major regional mainstream parties are on the same page as far as participation in the ULB and Panchayat elections are concerned. Therefore the idea of holding ULB and Panchayat elections is farcical and ill timed,” he said adding that the sparse participation of the candidates and the non participation of the major regional parties would prove the whole exercise a farcical one.
Additional general secretary said that the participation of BJP and Congress is vindictive of the fact that both these parties are detrimental towards the interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “The participation of Congress in the upcoming ULB and Panchayat polls has revealed the real face of this party,” he said.
The meeting was presided over by party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, who, while addressing the gathering, termed the situation in the Valley as turbulent which needs immediate attention of the Governor administration.
He maintained that rampant night crackdowns and other human right violations are order of the day. “The violence related incidents have also started taking place in the districts that were considered rather peaceful, the security situation in these districts is also grim,” he said.
Nasir alleged that the State administration instead of making corrective measures to address the fast deteriorating security situation in the Valley was more interested in ‘cosmetic measures’.
Provincial president further alleged that PDP disrespected the people’s mandate by joining hands with BJP thereby putting the State to flames.
The meet was attended by party functionaries including party treasurer Shammi Oberoi, District president Srinagar Peer Afaq Ahmad, Incharge Sgr Parliamentary constituency Mushtaq Guroo, YNC Provincial president Salman Ali Sagar, Provincial president Women’s Wing Sabia Qadri, Mudasir Shahmiri and others.


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