Expressing deep shock over the killing of four youth in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Member Parliament and National President Janta Dal (United), Sharad Yadav Sunday said that there is not an iota of doubt in this fact that Kashmir people have been and are being immensely harassed and suppressed.
Addressing a public meeting in Srinagar, Yadav said that the situation in Kashmir is turbulent and people here are suffering to a great extent. “Who people are responsible for disturbance here? The promises made by New Delhi were not fulfilled. Former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had promised Kashmiri people that would lead a respectable life and those promises have been broken. Even Indira-Abdullah Accord was not implemented in true spirit,” he said.
He said that it is a fact that Elections have never been fair in Kashmir. “Rigging takes place at ease and those people are being elected whom people detest. In such conditions, how we can expect that peace would prevail in Kashmir,” Yadav said adding that he would launch an agitation if next Assembly Elections would be rigged here.
“I tell you with authority that there would have been no militancy, had elections would have not been rigged here,” he said.
JDU President said that funds that are being made available to the State by the Central Government are being misused.
“Huge chunk of funds go to the pockets of elite political and administrative class. These political leaders have amassed so much wealth that even remaining outside Power, they could enjoy to their fullest. What a common Kashmir can do in such circumstances. Kashmiri people were known as peace lovers, but we must ponder over this fact that what made people of Kashmir so violent and why there is disturbance here,” he said.
Sharad Yadav said that any political party enjoying power should take concrete measures to relieve people of Kashmir from all the miseries and oppression. “If we would come to power, I promise to the people of Kashmir that Army would be sent back to barracks and police would be made toothless,” he said.