JK Gujjar leaders accuses political parties of ignoring them

13 November 2008
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: The Gujjar leaders of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday accused the different political parties of deliberately marginalising the community in distribution of Assembly tickets in Gujjar-populated areas. The political leadership of National Conference, People's Democratic Party and Congress are bent upon to sabotage and suppress the political rights and constitutional safeguards available to Gujjars of the state, State president of All India Gujjar Mahasabha Ishfaq-u-Rehman Poswal said in a statement in Srinagar. Poswal said all the regional political parties are discriminating Gujjars and delaying the grant of 'Political Reservation' to the community, adding prominent Gujjar leaders were being denied tickets. 'This is a political aggression against a tribal community of the state. Gujjars must understand that regional parties are trying to cheat us. We are the worst sufferers of the policies of NC, PDP, Congress and other parties,' he said. He called upon the Gujjars of the State to unite and fight against these anti tribal forces. 'The Centre has provided us tribal status way back in 1991 but the political regimes are making all efforts to grab our legitimate rights by denying reservation in the field of politics,' he alleged.