Hardline Hurriyat Calls For Boycott Of Panchayat Polls In Jammu And Kashmir24 August 2010
Srinagar: The hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani today gave a call for boycott of the upcoming panchayat and municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir. 'I appeal to people to ensure complete boycott of panchayat and municipal elections', Geelani said addressing Majli-e-Shoora (Advisory Council) of the Hurriyat Conference here. The panchayat elections are slated to be held in the state in October. Originally planned to be held in June, the panchayat elections were postponed till October by the government in view of the tourist season. 'At a time when people across Kashmir are up in arms and youth with their blood have rendered Kashmir into red, policy planners of Delhi, working on their traditional rigid attitude, are playing a dangerous game of holding civic elections in Jammu and Kashmir', Geelani said. 'By preparing for civic elections, they are adding fuel to the fire which will destroy everything,' he threatened. Geelani asked people to celebrate the forthcoming Eid and other festivals in a simple manner as the entire state was in mourning. 'Everyday the funeral of a teenager is on the shoulders of people. It is not in any manner proper for us to resort to lavish spending and indulge in un-Islamic activities,' he said. The hardline faction also issued a fresh strike calendar for 11 days effective from tomorrow.