People Have Rejected Separatists: Peerzada
2 February 2005
The Times of India
Srinagar: Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president and the rural development minister, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed today said that by ignoring the boycott call of separatists, people have rejected them thereby giving a lie to their claim of being the true representatives of people. He avowed that the reign of insurgency is now a thing of the past in the valley and that the era of peace has started. He was addressing a press conference. 'Those who were claiming to be the true representatives of the people, stand rejected since the people completely ignored their boycott call and turned out in big numbers to exercise their right of franchise', Peerzada commented. Commending the people for turning out in 'huge numbers to cast their votes to strengthen the democracy in the state', PCC president said that it is worth boasting that both youth and aged people displayed a lot of enthusiasm to cast their votes disregarding the boycott call of separatists and the threat perception. However Peerzada expressed his displeasure that the names of some people were not figuring in the voter lists which according to him disappointed them. He said that this is the fault of municipal committee and wished that the concerned authorities should be taken to task for the lapse. Peerzada expressed his satisfaction that the two phases of civic polls passed off peacefully and were held in a transparent manner. 'It is in the common minimum programme of the coalition government in the state that the elections should be held in a transparent manner and we are happy that the same thing happened... we are also delighted that these polls were incident free', remarked Peerzada. The PCC president expressed his dismay that 'some National Conference (NC) workers resorted to their traditional tactics and made several attempts of booth capturing at a number of places in the city'. Peerzada said that his party 'condemns such acts'. Some of the PCC workers were raising slogans against 'the booth capturing of NC workers'. These workers later identified these booths as booth 1, 3, 4 and 5 in ward 49 of Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Peerzada who also holds the rural development ministry in the state, alleged that some lower level officials of the administration adopted partial approach at some places. He regretted that such elements are still present in the administration. However he did not identify any of these officials.