Unprecedented poll boycott unnerved New Delhi: Geelani

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today claimed that the unprecedented poll boycott of parliamentary by-election in Central Kashmir has “unnerved” New Delhi.
Unprecedented poll boycott unnerved New Delhi: Geelani
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Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today claimed that the unprecedented poll boycott of parliamentary by-election in Central Kashmir has "unnerved" New Delhi. 

Reacting to the statement of Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he warned 'Kashmiri youth of consequences', Geelani, in a statement today, said, "They are losing balance and it depicts their frustration. It is ridiculous. Instead of stating any logic they are issuing threats and adding fuel to fire."

"It is unfortunate that Rajnath Singh and other Indian politicians instead of relying on rational thinking are pursuing their fanatical dogma," he said. 

Referring to the authorities in Delhi, Geelani said, "Even after getting into power corridors, these men from Jan Sangh cadre are still waving Teer and Trishul and lack of maturity. It is common practice that politicians running state affairs do become mature but the case with these politicians is quite different," he said.

"It is foolish to see Kashmir issue through law and order prism. Resistance and resentment by youth depict their passion for freedom. None among youth derives pleasure by braving bullets or loosing eyesight. The egoistic approach adopted by Indian authorities is root cause of turmoil in state. It is a youth who show their resentment against the obstinate attitude and brute force used by Indian forces," Geelani said. 

Referring to Rajnath statement about "transformed Kashmir", Geelani said, "He (Rajnath) should show wisdom and mature approach as his rhetoric about transformation has already proved hoax in year 2016 when he claimed to change Kashmir situation in a week's time. Tall claims and brags won't change realities, instead it has caused damage to him and his position has become ludicrous. A responsible person needs not to indulge in ridiculous statements, instead it is wise to realize and accept the ground realities."

"Had authorities in Delhi adopted a fair approach towards Kashmir issue, the change could have been witnessed in a single month. However, no positive change could be expected through intimidations and use of military power," he said.

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