Geelani calls for election boycott
Calling for boycott of upcoming assembly elections, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday said that after 1987 ‘rigging,’ election boycott has become an important part of ongoing resistance movement in Jammu & Kashmir.
“Hurriyat has a clear stand regarding the election drama. Jammu & Kashmir is a disputed territory and the elections in this region are not any democratic process but it is a military operation which is held to befool the Indian people and the international community. The government is wasting millions of rupees for the preparation of election drama which is totally irrelevant to the situation,” Geelani said addressing a meeting of the amalgam at its headquarters here, appealing the people of Jammu & Kashmir irrespective of their religion to completely boycott the upcoming elections.
The meeting was attended by eight constituents of the Hurriyat (G). The participants thoroughly discussed the destruction caused by the recent floods, relief distribution process, arrest of Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and announcement of elections.
Addressing the meeting, Geelani said the state administration totally ignored all the difficulties and miseries of the flood-hit people and announced the elections. “The announcement of so-called elections has no justification at a time when the whole Kashmir is struggling for survival in the wake of devastating floods,” he said.
Geelani expressed his satisfaction over the rescue and relief works done by the pro-freedom organizations and the youths. “At the time when Indian government and its armed forces was watching how the people of Kashmir will die, the role played by the youths of Kashmiri nation should be written in golden letters. Now with the announcement of election drama, the administration came into action and started arresting and harassing the pro-freedom and common people. Arresting and harassing the people at this time of national disaster is the worst kind of political vengeance,” Geelani said.