Srinagar: Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that ballot has won over bullet in Kashmir, independent Langate lawmaker Er Rasheed has said that New Delhi is again repeating the mistake of polluting sanctity of elections.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Rasheed said, “Prime Minister should not forget that Kashmiris including militants and pro-resistance leadership are fighting for conducting a bigger democratic exercise by seeking implementation of UN resolutions.”
Rasheed said that it is New Delhi that has been constantly denying the democratic right to people of Jammu and Kashmir which it has promised at United Nations. “If New Delhi is so jubilant about people’s participation in ongoing Panchayat polls, it must not hesitate from holding a plebiscite in the state. By finding a relationship between elections and the Kashmir dispute all stake holders are committing a mistake as any election process in Azad Kashmir or this part of Kashmir has nothing to do with the Kashmir dispute and one wonders how could Panchayat elections be a replacement of UN resolutions.”
The UN resolutions, Rasheed said, are crystal clear that conducting elections in any part of Jammu & Kashmir will not affect the disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir and are only to provide basic immunities to the people.
Rasheed said that Prime Minister before claiming ballot has won over bullet should have checked the facts and found that a huge number of municipal committees, Panchs and Sarpanchs have been declared elected either unopposed or are lying vacant only for the reason that New Delhi is always busy in polluting the basic purpose of these elections just to hide its failures and give a cover up to its broken promises in J&K.
“If New Delhi claims participation of masses in Kashmir as its victory then it must not forget that people in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir too have been regularly electing their representatives. Any effort to find a relationship between any election process and the disputed nature of J&K is a distortion of facts, unacceptable and does not carry any logic”.