Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday called for a strike on November 20 against the proposed visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi to Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, Geelani alleged that India was holding “sham polls in Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of cruelty and barbarism.”
Geelani said the people of Kashmir were facing difficulties after the recent floods and authorities, instead of helping the affected, were more concerned about holding “sham polls.”
“India and its puppet authorities have declared a war through police raids and crackdowns on Hurriyat leaders and activists. The so-called assembly elections are literally being held at gunpoint,” he said.
Geelani condemned the arrest of party activists and detention of leaders as unjustified and unlawful. He asked people to register their protest after Friday prayers against the “highhandedness of police and state authorities.”
Although BJP leaders say the party is yet to take a call on Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, sources say the Indian Prime Minister likely to address an election rally in Kashmir on November 21.
“He will address an election rally in Srinagar or Ganderbal on November 21. The following day, he will address a rally in Jammu,” they said.
The top brass of BJP, including its ministers will also accompany Modi during his visit to Kashmir. Modi, currently on a foreign tour, will return to India on November 20.
“The final call regarding his Kashmir visit will be taken by party leaders in Delhi after Modi Ji returns to India on November 21,” BJP’s spokesman in Kashmir, Khalid Jahangir, told Kashmir Reader.
The BJP recently submitted list of its star campaigners for the upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir to Election Commission of India (ECI).
Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, former Bollywood actress and Member Parliament Hema Malina, Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sindhu, ex-army chief Gen (retd) VK Singh figure in the BJP list.
Some of the mentioned above leaders are expected to accompany Modi during his visit to the state.
Home Minister, Rajnath Singh will also accompany Modi, they said.
The five-phase elections in Jammu and Kashmir are scheduled to start from November 25.