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Joint Hurriyat calls for boycotting Panchayat, ULB elections

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Srinagar, Sep 3:The Joint Hurriyatleadership on Monday called for the boycott of upcoming Panchayat and Municipal polls in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming that “’participation in polls is propagated as people’s verdict in favour of India.”

Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, as per the statement, held a crucial meeting at Hyderpora here.

 

“The leadership wants to convey to Government of India the loud and clear message by the people of Kashmir that they boycott any kind of participation in elections and instead only demand Right to Self Determination,” read the statement.

The leadership said: “New Delhi is not so gullible as to think that despite all the physical and psychological pain and trauma that they inflict on people of Kashmir, any Kashmiri will buy their lapse of funds for development argument and willingly participate in this act of manipulation and deceit.”

“These enforced elections are nothing but another assault on people to harass them and cause them further inconvenience and agony,” the leadership trio added.

“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,” they said.

They added that “any participation in elections 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 so called elections only bring prosperity to an opportunist class of people whom India has patronized in Kashmir, while selling these so called elections to the people of India and the world as an endorsement by the people of J&K to Indian rule,” the leadership said.