Separatist Camp Catches Introspection Bug

23 May 2014
Rising Kashmir
Junaid Kathju

Srinagar: After Chief Minister Omar Abdullah started introspection about party's debacle in recently held Lok Sabha polls, separatist leaders in the Valley too have started to introspect how to increase their reach to the masses and ensure hundred percent poll boycott during the upcoming assembly elections. 'We are doing introspection. We are in touch with people at block level. Our leadership is regularly taking feedbacks from common people. At election time over 5 lakh poll boycott posters were distributed across the valley,' Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani told Rising Kashmir. He said the conglomerate has cadres in every district and they take regular feedback from the people. 'The curbs on separatist camp was main reason for polling in some areas because leaders could not reach to these areas to campaign against polls,' Geelani said adding had he been allowed to campaign against polls, there would have been 100 percent poll boycott in the Valley. Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said introspection is need of the hour to streamline pro-freedom movement in Kashmir. 'Indeed there is a need of introspection. Hurriyat (M) leadership has to work on grass root level to connect to the masses. We are going to hold a meeting in coming days, where all these issues will be discussed,' he said. Mirwaiz said even though call for poll boycott was followed across the valley, but still lot of work needs to be done on ground to make it more resilient. 'We need to reach to those people who voted and listen to them and make them understand that election is of no use in Kashmir'. Stating that separatist leadership is largely carrying their activities in Srinagar, he said, 'We need to expand our activities to rural areas. There is disconnection between people living in rural areas and separatist leaders and it need to be bridged. We will try to take our leadership to district and regional level'. Senior Hurriyat (JK) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah said his conglomerate is consulting people across the Valley to overcome the mistakes made by the separatist leaders in past. 'There is always a scope for improvement. Our conglomerate is regularly taking feedback from the people to know where we lack and what sort of steps we needs take to get connected to the masses,' he said. Shah said his conglomerate would chalk out a strategy to make sure that during assembly elections people across the valley would observe poll boycott. 'Once all Hurriyat JK members and leaders are released, we will conduct a thorough introspection. We are going to work from grass root level,' he added.