Will go on hunger strike if electoral demography of J&K changed: Sajad Lone

He said that he will not attend the all-party meeting called by Farooq Abdullah to discuss the issue of inclusion of non-locals into electoral rolls of J&K
Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone  during a presser in Srinagar August 22, 2022.
Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone during a presser in Srinagar August 22, 2022.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 22: Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said they will sit on hunger strike before the Parliament and other constitutional bodies if there is an attempt by the government to change the electoral demography of Jammu & Kashmir.

“The law (Representation of The Peoples Act-1951) is not a threat to us but the intentions of the Government are a threat to us,” Lone said while addressing a presser, news agency KNO reported.

Lone said they neither accept the clarification issued by the Jammu & Kashmir nor they reject it.

“We will wait and watch and if there is an attempt to change the demography of J&K, we will go on hunger strike,” he said.

He said that he will not attend the all-party meeting called by Farooq Abdullah to discuss the issue of inclusion of non-locals into electoral rolls of J&K, saying they will support if anything concrete comes out of it.

“I don’t want to be a point scorer. If something concrete comes out of it, we will support it . They should also support our programme,” he said,

Senior PC leader and former Law Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Mir said that chief electoral officer’s assertions about inclusion of non-locals in electoral rolls of Jammu & Kashmir are not supported by law.

“The law is clear that the person must be a habitual resident of that place for a considerable time. The service voters (members of armed forces) can vote only for their native constituencies irrespective of their places of posting,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that different political parties are meeting in Srinagar to discuss the issue of inclusion of non-locals in electoral rolls of J&K. The meeting is being attended by NC, PDP , Congress and other parties. Former deputy CM Muzaffar Hussain Baig had said that he will also attend APM if he is invited. But he has not been invited to attend the APM.

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