Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday said that people have again rejected and dismissed the “sham elections” through a boycott and protest shut down against it.
The JRL spokesman said that 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 the democracy at work in J&K and people’s so-called “participation” in it, and hence push back the narrative of J&K disputed status and the need for conflict resolution.
JRL said that 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. People’s slogan is clear, No to all election only right of self-determination.