Will write to PM, ECI against police officers indulging in pre-poll rigging: Sajad

Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Wednesday said that he would write to the Election Commission of India against some police officers who, he claimed, were indulging in pre-poll rigging.
Will write to PM, ECI against police officers indulging in pre-poll rigging: Sajad
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Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Wednesday said that he would write to the Election Commission of India against some police officers who, he claimed, were indulging in pre-poll rigging.

Addressing a news conference here, Sajad, who was flanked by Imran Raza Ansari and Raja Aijaz Ali, said a senior police officer of the rank of ADGP and his group of cronies were involved in instructing junior officers, including SPs and DySPs to create a fictitious perception in favor of his favorite political party and its leader.

"I am going to write to the Prime Minister and the chief election commissioner about this pre-poll rigging," he said.

Sajad said these tactics are part and parcel of the "traditional strategy used by Abdullahs and Muftis to create barriers to thwart change".

He said National Conference has won the highest laurels for electoral rigging in 1987, 1996 and PDP in 2002.

"It is an article of faith for us that we will not rest unless and until we will go into the rigging of 1987. Till date one lakh people have died post 1987 rigging," he said.

He said his roadmap "achievable nationhood" is relevant today and would be used whenever there is sincere effort for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Lashing out at National Conference, Sajad said that eroders of autonomy cannot be its restorers.

"You can either be eroders or restorers. We all know who eroded autonomy. It is not something which is question of debate. Go through history and archives you will find who the eroders are," he said, adding that special status of J&K is sacred and non-negotiable for his party.

Speaking on the occasion, PC leader Imran Raza Ansari said that many more leaders will join the party soon.

PC leader and Srinagar mayor Junaid Azam Mattu claimed that NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti are struggling to find safe constituencies for fighting elections.

On the occasion, former PDP leader Raja Aijaz Ali joined the party.

Meanwhile, Sajad Wednesday announced that Irfan Raza Ansari would be the party's candidate for Srinagar–Budgam parliamentary segment.

Irfan is the younger son of late Moulana Ifitkhar Hussain Ansari and brother of Imran Raza Ansari.

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