Geelani reiterates poll boycott call

Geelani reiterates poll boycott call

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday reiterated call for boycott of the upcoming elections and hoped the people “won’t lose their sprits and would demonstrate steadfastness and commitment”.
“We are sure that keeping in view the demerits of voting and highhandedness of the authorities, they will boycott the upcoming elections,” he said in a statement here.
“Why don’t pro-election politicians explain the reasons behind the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru,” Geelani said in statement.
Meanwhile, Geelani distributed relief cheques worth Rs 500, 000 and essential commodities among 50 flood-affected families.
“In phase 10 of cash distribution among the flood victims, Geelani distributed the cheques of Rs 10,000 and relief kits containing essential commodities among the families from Pulwama and Kulgam districts,” a Hurriyat spokesman said.
“The relief and rehabilitation work will continue till each family is restored to its normal condition. We will do our best to reach out to every affected family,” it said.
Geelani appealed the government employees to donate their one day’s salary for the flood-hit families and “deposit it in the account no 0385010100001231specified for the purpose”.
“We also appeal the business community and sports industry to come forward to help the flood-hit families,” he said, expressing gratitude to the employees who have already made donations.
Meanwhile, lashing out at the authorities for their “insensitiveness”, Geelani said that JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was shifted to sub jail Anantnag despite his deteriorating health.
“It is highly deplorable,” he said, criticising the authorities over the arrest of the youths.
“Their tall claims of being part of a democratic setup are hoax. They are strangulating the voices and denying freedom of expression,” he said.
Referring to the verdict of the Supreme Court of India, Geelani said, “The ruling allows both right to franchise and boycott, but contrary to it we are being killed or detained for none of our fault”.

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