September 2018 News

JK Civil Society Group For Social Boycott Of People Taking Part In Panchayat, ULB Polls

26 September 2018
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) on Wednesday announced social boycott of those people, who will participate in panchayat and Urban Local Body (ULB) polls in the state. The move by the civil society group comes days after two main regional political parties - National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - announced boycott of Panchayat and ULB polls in the state on the issue of Article-35A. The JKCSCC, which claims to have members from all three regions of the state - Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, also urged all regional political parties and people, irrespective of their religion or demography, to present a united front to protect Article 35-A, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state legislature to define 'permanent residents' of the state. The Article provides special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. 'All the regional parties and locals, irrespective of their religion, should join hands to boycott the upcoming elections and present a united front to safeguard Article 35-A,' a member of JKCSCC told reports during a press conference here on Wednesday. He said the JKCSCC in a meeting has unanimously decided to boycott all those people, who will participate in these elections. 'Under these circumstances, anyone who participates in these elections will not be considered as a member of this society,' he said. The JKCSCC also urged regional political parties to sideline their differences and form a coalition government in the state to safeguard Article 35-A. Hitting out at centre to incentivize election duty for government employees, the JKCSCC said that the people will not fall for this trick. 'It is a test for government employees, who the government is trying to lure by giving one month additional salary. They have to decide whether they want one month additional salary or their future and the future of their kids,' the JKCSCC added.