Jammu & Kashmir

Will go on hunger strike if electoral demography of JK is changed: Sajad Lone

Sajad Lone. [File Photo]

‘We neither accept Govt’s clarification nor reject it’

Srinagar: 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 administration to change the electoral demography of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a news conference, Lone, as per news agency Kashmir News Observer, said that they will sit on a hunger strike in front of the Parliament if the administration makes an attempt to change the demography of JK.

“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,” he said.

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

“We will wait and watch and if there is an attempt to change the demography of JK, 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 the electoral rolls of JK, saying they will support it 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 member and former Law Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Mir said that the chief electoral officer’s assertions about the inclusion of non-locals in the electoral rolls of Jammu and 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 the inclusion of non-locals in the electoral rolls of JK. 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 the All-Party meeting if he is invited. But he has not been invited to attend the meeting yet.


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