Protest strike in poll-bound areas on election days
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for complete shutdown on November 17 the day Panchayat polls in J&K begin and also in poll bound areas on election days – November 20, 24, 27, 29 and December 1, 4, 8 and 11.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said people “will once again show their complete rejection and disassociation from the repeated election dramas being enacted by the Indian state, this time in the name of Panchayat elections”.
“A complete protest shutdown across Kashmir will be observed on November 17 the day the Panchayat election drama commences (to) send the message to the rulers that they (people) have nothing to do with a sham process being foisted on them to undermine Kashmir’s disputed status and the need to resolve it,” the leadership said.
JRL said “holding elections in Kashmir under the shadow of gun and by force is a meaningless exercise and nothing but another attempt to mislead people of India and the world”.
“This exercise becomes all the more ridiculous as their own pro-India regional political parties (have) decided to stay away from this farcical exercise,” it said.
JRL said the recent “massive rejection” of ULB polls by more than 95 percent people of Kashmir has sent a crystal clear message to New Delhi as to where the people of Kashmir stand and what they want.
But the Government of India’s “arrogance” of military might and “forcible control” over J&K makes them blind to it and they continue to thrust these “sham” elections on people to further harass and torment them, the leadership said.
“Enacting election drama in presence of lakhs of forces can befool none. The world community knows the reality of democracy in Kashmir,” JRL said. “The people of Kashmir know well that any sort of participation in the polls held under the Indian Constitution amounts to selling the tremendous sacrifices of thousands and thousands of people especially our youth. So there is no question of any participation.”
The people’s demand and slogan is only one: No to all elections, only right to self-determination, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.