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Separatist calls for boycott of elections in Jammu and Kashmir

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

Hardcore separatist Syed Alishah Geelani on Monday gave the call for boycott of the upcoming by-elections for the Lok Sabha seats in the valley and the panchayat polls in the state.

Geelani said that boycott of the elections was necessary to teach a lesson to the political leadership.

It is worth mentioning that the boycott calls given by separatists during the past Lok Sabha and assembly elections were generally defied by the people and the voting percentage has been increasing in every election.

The purpose of the boycott call probably was to show to the world that things are not right in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lot of bloodshed was done in the previous panchayat elections when militants shot several candidates. Those who won were threatened and asked to resign or face the consequences.

Separatists are trying to instigate people to boycott the elections on the issue of killing of several terrorists by security forces in encounters. Geelani in a telephonic message to the people in Tral, where two terrorists were eliminated on Sunday, urged them to boycott the elections.

He also referred to the killing of terrorist leader Burhan Wani and subsequent long-stretched agitation during which 80 people lost their life in Kashmir.