Panchayat polls: JRL calls for shutdown on Nov 17
Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday called for a complete shutdown on November 17 (Saturday) against the commencement of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
JRL including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued here said that “people will once again show their complete rejection and disassociation from the repeated ‘election dramas’ being enacted by the authorities, this time in the name of Panchayat elections.”
“A complete protest shutdown across Kashmir will be observed on November 17 the day Panchayat election will commence and send a message to the rulers that they 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 trio said.
The trio also said that people will observe complete protest strike in poll bound areas on the day that elections are held there i.e. on November 20, 24, 27 and 29 and December 01, 04, 08 and 11.
“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,” they said, adding that “this exercise becomes all the more ridiculous, as their own pro-Indian regional political parties decide to stay away from this exercise.”
“The recent massive rejection of ULB polls by more than 95% people of Kashmir has sent a crystal clear message to the rulers that the people of Kashmir want a resolution of the dispute and not participation in elections,” the trio said.
They said that enacting election drama in presence of lakhs of forces can befool no one. “The world community knows the reality of “democracy “in Kashmir,” JRL said.
“People of Kashmir know well that any sort of participation in the polls held under the constitution of India amounts to selling out on the tremendous sacrifices of thousands and thousands of people, especially our youth.