File Photo of Apni Party chief, Altaf Bukhari
File Photo of Apni Party chief, Altaf Bukhari

‘Election boycotts have disempowered people, stalled development process in past’

We don’t discriminate or divide people in the name of religion, sect, caste and geographical location: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar, July 1: Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has said that the traditional political parties have always played a ‘divide and rule' politics to attain their political and personal advantages.

He was addressing a massive public rally in the Agar area of Pattan Tehsil in north Kashmir on Friday.

Besides Bukhari, Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir, General Secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, District President Baramulla Shoaib Lone, and others spoke at this event. The locals including men, women, and children, as well as the party cadre, greeted the visiting leaders at the rally by raising slogans in favour of the Apni party and its leaders.

Addressing the gathering, Bukhari said, “We know this as a matter of fact that the people of this area have always pursued peace. People want prosperity and development here. However, the politicians and parties you have been choosing to represent you in the government have always exploited your vote for their political advantages.”

Elaborating, he said “they have been playing divide and rule politics here, over the years.” “Even, most of the times, these political parties ensure poll boycotts by a large section of people here to make sure that their candidates are declared winners in the elections. But, I assure you that the Apni Party does not believe in such political gimmicks.”

“Unlike, the traditional political parties we do not divide people in the name of religion, sect, caste, and geographical location. We want you to come out and exercise your vote with your free will in the forthcoming elections.”

Urging people not to pay heed to election boycott calls and use their vote wisely, Bukhari said that “boycotting elections has always disempowered people and hindered the development process in the Valley.”

“We live in a democratic setup wherein people have the right to elect or reject a candidate, thus you should choose your representatives wisely. On one hand, you have the traditional political parties, who have been deceiving you for years and decades; and, on the other hand, you have Apni Party to represent you in the government and democratic institutions with an unambiguous agenda. I request you to choose sensibly,” he said.

“The Apni Party's key agenda is to work for the sustained peace, enduring prosperity, and development of Jammu and Kashmir; and the political and economic empowerment of its people. I promise you that you will reap the benefits of our clear agenda if you choose Apni Party to represent you. We will ensure peace, prosperity, and development of your area,” Bukhari said.

Apni Party President reiterated that the “traditional political parties have been pushing Kashmiri youth towards unattainable objectives, and emotional slogans to ensure their political gains.”

“Unachievable ambitions induced by the traditional political parties have cost us a lot. We have seen deaths and destruction. This kind of politics has landed our youth in jails and buried them in graveyards. Apni Party will not allow the traditional political parties to continue their deceitful politics anymore.”

The local leaders of the Apni Party who were present at the event include DDC member Sheikh Nazir, Party’s District Vice President Muhammad Assadullah Bhat, Block President Abdul Kazim Dar, BDC member Kunzar Aftab A Beigh, Block President Muhammad Yousuf Khan, Advocate Sajad, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Ghulam Nabi Gania, Mohammad Ayobe Chopan, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Abdul Majid Mir, Ghulam Hassan, Javeed Iqbal, and others.

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