Boycott council polls: Geelani to panchs

A month after asking them to resign, Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani has made an appeal to the panchs and sarpanchs of the Valley to boycott the polls for the four legislative council seats of J&K Assembly. The polling for the four seats, from panchayat quota, is scheduled for December 3.

"Panchs and sarpanchs boycott the poll. The plough (party symbol) of National Conference has hollowed the foundations of Kashmir and the 'hand' of Congress has suppressed the freedom (of Kashmiris) and the Peoples Democratic Party is creation of (Indian intelligence) agencies," a statement issued by the hardline Hurriyat Conference said.

On December 3, close to 34,000 panchs and sarpanchs will cast their vote for the four seats of legislative council from Panchyati quota.

The three major political parties of J&K, National Conference, Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, have already started campaigning to seek votes for their nominated candidates. Coalition partners the Congress and the National Conference are jointly contesting these elections.

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