‘Politicians using us as scapegoats’
Srinagar, Nov 8: Taking strong exception to what they call the misinformation campaign, Panchayat representatives Thursday accused the politicians of treating them as scapegoats by exaggerating the security issue.
Staging a protests march at Lal Chowk here, Panchayat representatives made it clear that they don’t need any security as they are concerned with small and day-to-day issues of people. “People gave us mandate to solve their civic issues and other problems at block and village level. And our work does not undermine the Kashmir cause, which is political in nature,” the representatives said
According to them they were elected on non-party basis in different Panchayat blocks of Jammu and Kashmir and they are not associated with any party or agency. “We are not concerned about the bigger cause of solving Kashmir issue. For that there are bigger players like United Jihad Council (UJC) and Hurriyat Conference. So government should not blow the security issue out of proposition,” said Gulzar Ahmad Beigh, a Sarpanch from Budgam.
He said that no Panch or Sarpanch needs any kind of security from the government if they perform their duties honestly. “It is just a misinformation campaign launched by some people and we appeal both the state and central governments to put an end to this in order to save our lives,” Beigh said.
About the recent statement by UJC chief Syed Salahuddin that Panchayat members will continue to face threat by militants, the protesting representatives said they had no grudges with him as “the aim of Panchayat elections is never to underestimate Kashmir cause”. “Salahuddin Sahab works at a different level, much higher than we do. And he had already acknowledged that Panchayats won’t dilute struggle of militants. So, we don’t hold any threat,” said another Sarpanch, Haji Abdul Rashid.
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