SRINAGAR: On the culmination of ULB polls in the State on Tuesday, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) said that “by Government of India’s own admission”, 95 percent people rejected these “so-called elections” which is a “clear indication that the alienation of people of Kashmir from India is complete”.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said the leadership “deeply appreciates and commends people for the political maturity and commitment to the cause of self-determination shown by them in a comprehensive boycott of this sham election”.
“If Government of India always projected to people in India and the outside world a good percentage of participation of Kashmiri people in its so-called elections as an endorsement of India’s rule; by the same yardstick, GoI should now accept people’s near total boycott of them as a referendum against it,” the leadership said.
“By rejecting the (elections), the people of Kashmir have conveyed that since 1947, the so-called elections have made no difference to them,” JRL said.
JRL reiterated that J&K is a dispute of which the people are asking for resolution. “GoI should work towards the resolution of the conflict as per the democratic principle of people’s aspirations and will,” he said.
The leadership also expressed serious concern over the sedition charges levelled against two Kashmiri students in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) over planning of funeral prayers for Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Manan Wani.
“It is very unfortunate and deeply disturbing that Kashmiri students studying in India are being targeted,” JRL said and demanded that the concerned authorities should put a stop to harassment and drop sedition charges against the two students.