2014 Polls: Sajad Lone To Contest From Handwara

SRINAGAR: Peoples Conference leader, Sajad Gani Lone Saturday announced his decision to contest 2013 assembly elections from Handwara constituency.

Addressing a gathering in his native village, Bandi Mohalla, Handwara, Sajad Lone said he would contest 2014 assembly elections against present minister Choudhri Mohammad Ramzan from the constituency. “It is my father’s constituency whom people used to elect by heart. Now I will contest from my father’s constituency,” Lone said.

Lone said that voting National Conference out of power was a question of self-respect and dignity for Kashmiris “as the party has its hands drenched in the blood of thousands of innocent people.”

He said that the people of Kashmir were now faced with some important questions of conscience – “How can we allow the inventors and patrons of the Task Force and the inventors and patrons of Ikhwanis to occupy positions of power and rule a land that they have painted with the blood of innocents?”

Asking his workers to take PC’s slogan of ‘Change’ to the people, Lone alleged that the NC is a vengeful political entity that is obsessed with hounding and harassing Kashmiris to exploit them for NC’s nefarious and self-seeking political ambitions. “The NC is an unabashedly anti-Kashmir political party and its policies are solely aimed at hurting Kashmiris both politically as well as economically. “The vote in coming elections is more of a test for the people of Kashmir than it is for the politicians in the fray.  With their vote the people of Kashmir will decide whether they endorse the killings or punish the murderers. It is now up to the people of Kashmir to either honor or bring disgrace to the thousands of martyred Kashmiris – a decision that will depend on their sacred and powerful vote. Every vote is sacred and the power of a vote can be used to change the destinies of nations that have been subjected to slavery and cruelty. A vote can be used to either elect conscientious and empathetic leaders and the same vote can be used to elect tyrants. If the people of Kashmir accuse these anti-Kashmir leaders and this anti-Kashmir party of persecution, they should also introspect and realize that it is now a matter of their dignity and pride to vote these tyrants out of power,” he added.

He said the present government ignored Handwara completely. “Choudhri Ramzan was made ‘casual minister’ for one and a half year. Ali Mohammad Sagar who won 2008 elections by a meagre margin was given ministerial berth right from the beginning but Ramzan was insulted and ignored by the government,” he claimed.

Coming down heavily on National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, Lone said during militancy when every Kashmiri was suffering, only Shiekh and Mufti families survived and enjoyed life with the support of New Delhi. “It is strange and pity that still these two families rule in Kashmir. 

The meeting was also addressed by PC General Secretary Adv. Abdul Rashid Lone, PC Spokespeson Junaid Mattu, PC Kupwara District President Adv. Bashir Ahmed Dar, District Coordinator Abdul Ahad Kashmiri, District Vice President Adv. Sheikh Abdul Majid, District Vice President Ashiq Hussain Sheikh, District Vice President Abdul Qayoom Hajam and Constituency Patron Noor-Ud-Din Banday.

Welcome Sajad: Ramzan

Welcoming the decision of Sajad Gani Lone to contest assembly polls from Handwara constituency, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Choudhri Mohammad Ramzan Saturday said that he has no objection to fight against any candidate.

“If he (Sajad) has decided to contest from Handwara, he is most welcome. I am ready to fight against him. Where ever my party will field me I will contest,” he said.

He further said that he has no regrets on being inducted in Cabinet so late. “It was the decision of the party and I whole heartedly accepted it,” he said. (CNS)


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