Published On: Thu, Aug 18th, 2022

Mehbooba seeks all-party meet to oppose right to vote for non-locals

Srinagar: Former chief minister and president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday sought an all-party meeting to oppose and fight the decision to allow voting rights to non-locals in Jammu and Kashmir.

It is time when we should focus on the Kashmir resolution more than elections as it has gone beyond elections now

Addressing a press conference here, Mufti said that she has already spoken to Dr Farooq Abdullah, head of People’s alliance for Gupkar declaration (PAGD) and president of National Conference (NC) to convene an all-party meeting to decide on the future course of action to oppose and fight the decision announced by the election commission on Wednesday that anybody living ordinarily in J&K can vote here.

“It is time when we should focus on the Kashmir resolution more than elections as it has gone beyond elections now.

“Our youth are being radicalised. Our brothers from the Kashmir Pandit community are being killed, police and security forces personnel are being killed, everybody is suffering,” she said.

She alleged that after the 2024 elections, the BJP will remove the country’s constitution and also replace the national flag.

“All decisions being taken are in favour of the BJP and not the nation. BJP is not going to change the country into a Hindu Rashtra, but in a BJP Rashtra,” she alleged.

She said voting rights for the non-locals is aimed at conducting fraud elections to allow the BJP to rule here.

“They have understood that after three years of rule in J&K, they couldn’t break the resistance of the silent people.

“The situation is not different for Muslims only, but for every community including Dogras and Pandits.

“Despite beating the drum for Kashmiri Pandits, the BJP failed to ensure their right to vote and the result is that Kashmiri Pandits have now stopped voting.

“Despite spending a hefty amount for deradicalization, the decisions being taken will certainly radicalize the youth. The government cannot change the ground reality, but it needs to resolve the issue once for all.

“It is not about legality, but about the intentions behind allowing voting rights to non-locals,” she said.

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