Jel’s former General Secretary hopes for ‘free and fair’ elections

Backs his outfit's decision to contest in future elections if the ban is revoked

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SRINAGAR — Former General Secretary of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (Jel) Ghulam Qadir Lone on Monday rued the “rigging” committed in 1987 elections and hoped for free and fair polls.

As per the news agency CNS, Jel’s former Secretary said that his trust in democracy was eroded after the rigging of the 1987 election, which was contested by them. “Now we are hopeful, as much time has passed since then, that maybe no more rigging will take place in the elections….” Lone said.

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He also said that the Central government seemed to have realised that the situation would not improve here if “rigging in the elections continues.”

In his message to the youth, Lone said they should show their mettle and prove the same on every stage they want to go.

He also backed Jel’s recent decision to take part in future elections if the ban from the outfit is revoked.

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