Srinagar, Mar 20: Though ideologically cross, two smaller parties in J&K, AIP and NPP today decided to stay away from by-polls, though for different reasons.
AIP on Monday announced that party will not participate in upcoming parliamentary by-elections for Anantnag and Srinagar seats.
Announcing party decision at a press conference, AIP leader and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed said that though the party strongly believes in democratic process and the available forums including Assembly and Parliament are the best places to plead “Kashmir cause”, but the “main political parties including National Conference and Congress have not only disappointed Kashmiris but are also responsible in creating a situation where one feels ashamed to seek votes, as these parties have always tried to represent New Delhi in Kashmir rather representing Kashmir in New Delhi by acting like collaborators.”
“There is a huge trust-deficit between the mainstream parties and the people, who have been the worst victims of state terrorism,” Rasheed alleged, adding “under such manipulated atmosphere, when bullets and pallets are being used, it would have been proper not to conduct elections at this stage but the ego of New Delhi is forcing Kashmiris into another political battle for its vested interest.”
Meanwhile, National Panthers Party (NPP) today announced its decision to boycott the upcoming bypolls to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats, claiming security cover to its senior office-bearers in the Valley has been withdrawn.
"The party is pained to announce that it has decided to boycott the parliamentary by-elections to Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies, scheduled to take place on April 9 and 12 respectively, as the state government has withdrawn the security cover to senior office-bearers in the Valley," chief patron of NPP Bhim Singh told reporters here.
He claimed that the security cover which was provided to senior leaders including State vice-president Syed Masood Indrabi, general secretary Manzoor Ahmad Naik and provincial president Farooq Ahmad Dar was taken away by the PDP-BJP government.
Singh said the decision to boycott the bypolls was taken after an emergency meeting of the Kashmir wing of NPP yesterday which was of the view of contesting the polls despite "discriminatory attitude" of the government.
Singh also accused the Centre of trying to "rig the polls" in Kashmir and alleged that it had had already decided the names of two Lok Sabha members from the Valley.