Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday asked people to think about the value of voting and the credentials of the candidates before casting their vote.
In a statement, Geelani said, “People need to understand the folly being played with their sentiments and political aspirations. They need to retrospect over this. We are being deceived and this is the reason that our people cast votes for employment, construction work, and for other facilities of life.”
He said, “Vote is a precious and entrusted entity and if this is bargained against one’s self interest, it amounts to breach of trust and betrayal with the blood of martyrs,” adding, “before casting our vote one is required to think its value and the credentials of candidate.”
Geelani while reiterating his appeal for election boycott on December 2 said, “We should never join our hands with collaborators that authenticate forced control of India over Kashmir. We are committed to the election boycott and it will continue despite the arrest of pro-freedom leaders and activists.”
He said that ahead of elections state administration has “unleashed a reign of terror by arresting youths and party activists. Police have so far arrested four thousand youths and students in Kashmir and in Shopian district alone they arrested 60 students.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Hurriyat said that continuing with its relief and rehabilitation programme, Geelani give away cheque of Rs 10,000 and a relief kit to each of the 50 flood-affected families of district Srinagar and Bandipora.
He alleged that police asked them to stop their ongoing relief work. “It is deplorable that authorities and police are creating hurdles and impediments. But we will carry our mission despite all hurdles,” he said.