Ahead of RS polls, Er Rashid says not part of Third Front

Ahead of RS polls, Er Rashid says not part of Third Front

Who doesn’t know about track record and future designs of BJP but Congress too has committed blunders and pushed Kashmiris to the wall.

Legislator from North Kashmir’s Langate constituency Er Abdur Rashid Wednesday said before taking a final call on casting his vote or otherwise in the RajyaSabha elections on February 7, “I want to satisfy my conscience and take care of sentiments and aspirations of people who have voted for me.”

In a statement, Rashid said: “I am undecided as of now. On the one hand I wish communal forces not to win, but at the same time vote for Congress whose track record is not so encouraging vis-à-vis Kashmir. Even if I decide to abstain from voting, it would ensure BJP’s victory. Who doesn’t know about track record and future designs of BJP but Congress too has committed blunders and pushed Kashmiris to the wall.”

He said: “Government formation and Rajya Sabha elections are two different things. My offer of unconditional support to PDP for formation of non-BJP government was in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of people while voting in the Rajya Sabha has directly not to do much with the affairs of the State and any unconditional support for the Rajya Sabha may create many apprehensions in my own conscience.”

He said: “The delay in deciding about casting the RajyaSabha vote doesn’t mean I am making it a sensational issue for publicity or any other gains. I feel myself in a very tough and tricky situation where I need to care for my people and my conscience more than that of BJP, Congress or PDP”.

Er Rashid also reiterated that he is not part of “any third front” but his meetings and understanding with M Y Traigami and Hakeem Muhammad Yasin are always issue-specific and doesn’t necessary mean “we have unanimity on every issue.”