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J&K: Hurriyat won't boycott 'futile' LS polls

Source: PTI
April 17, 2009 00:14 IST
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For the first time in 15 years, the Hurriyat on Thursday said it will not call for a boycott of the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir with the snub it got from voters defying their call to stay away from the recent assembly elections apparently weighing in their minds.

"There cannot be any boycott in J&K. People in Jammu come to vote, people in Ladakh come to vote, National Conference cadre in valley votes, so the boycott becomes redundant," said Abdul Ghani Bhat, Executive Council member of Hurriyat, who represents the separatist group's moderate faction.

"We have not used the word boycott," Bhat said a day after the end of the three-day meeting of its Executive and General Council while referring to the outcome of the deliberations.

"We have taken a position which is commensurate with the principles of politics, which is commensurate in my opinion, with the basis of our movement," Bhat said.

People in the state should however rise and tell the pro-Indian leadership in Kashmir, "Look you cannot gloat over the (assembly) results."

Bhat however said election is a "non-issue" and not a solution to resolve the Kashmir problem. The three-day meeting had also rejected the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as a "futile exercise".

"We seek a permanent settlement of the dispute on J & K in the larger interest of peace, security and stability in the entire South Asian region," he said.

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