Sehrai’s abdication leaves the CAC defunct
SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom party Tehreek-e-Hurriyat could not hold its elections for Central Advisory Council (CAC) and chairmanship in January, allegedly due to the government crackdown on party members.
“The government is not allowing us to hold Ijtima (congregation). So we could not hold elections,” Ashraf Sehrai, senior leader of the party said. “We have around 1200 members in the TeH, but our 300 members are behind bars. We are waiting to devise a strategy to hold elections.”
After the term of the last CAC ended on 31 July 2016, fresh elections could not be held in August because of the summer uprising, and were deferred till January 2017 for a period of six months. According to the TeH constitution, elections are to be held every three years.
However, unlike August there is no word from the party on when the delayed elections would be held, or on the status of the council.
Sehrai said the call has to come from the party chairman.
“Ultimately, the chairman has to call the shots. I can’t speak on this matter,” he said.
Considered to be a strong contender for chairmanship after Geelani, Sehrai has abdicated his position as the general secretary of the party in the absence of fresh elections making the CAC technically defunct.
“I am not going to office. I should not been seen as a man who is vying to be the next chairman. Let elections be held, then things will become clear,” he said,
Apart from Sehrai, other contenders in the fray in case of elections, are Peer Saifullah and Ayaz Akbar.
Geelani’s son, Nayeem Geelani, who helps the TeH and Hurriyat (G) Chairman in his administrative work – especially during the summer uprising of 2016- could not get membership for the party.
“Nayeem Geelani’s application, regarding his induction into TeH as a rukun (member) could not be been entertained since all the administrative work regarding the party has come to a halt”.
Despite repeated attempts, Geelani could not be reached for a comment. Hurriyat (G) Spokesman Ayaz Akbar said the octogenarian leader could not talk as he was not feeling well.