With boycott & shutdown, people reject elections again: JRL

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Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that people have again rejected and dismissed the elections today through a boycott and protest shutdown against it.

JRL in a statement said, “With the prior announcement of Mayor of Srinagar city by the state authority, manipulation of election timing to 6 AM, further military deployments across the valley, continuous arrest of pro-freedom activists and youth, internet bans, the farce of this discredited and preposterous election being undertaken by the authoritarian state gets more and more exposed with each passing phase.”

They said, “The only purpose behind this highly manipulated and authoritarian exercise is as always, by fudging facts and figures to sell to the outside world the myth of Indian democracy at work in J&K and people’s ‘participation’ in it, and hence push back the narrative of J&K disputed status and the need for conflict resolution.”

“Let GoI try all the tricks and artful ploys up its sleeve, the fact of the matter is that J&K was, is and will remain a dispute till it is addressed as per the political sentiments and aspirations of its people in deciding their future,” JRL said, adding that people’s slogan is clear, “No to all election, only right of self-determination.” (KNS)

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