Civil Society plans public trial over charges of ‘selective boycott’

Srinagar:  New Delhi’s backroom actors( Indian civil society actors including journalists) have kicked up fresh row around Kashmir’s anti-election campaign, by accusing separatist camp of  launching the boycott movement in order to favor one of the two political parties in Kashmir.

Kashmir Centre for Social Development Studies Wednesday took strong exception to the allegations leveled by prominent columnist Prem Shankar Jha who had alleged that JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Malik ran the boycott movement to favor one of the two key rivals in Kashmir’s political mainstream. KCDS, comprising tradesmen, academics and writers, has decided to hold a public trial (Awami Adalat) in order to  prove or disprove the allegations made vis-à-vis the election boycott call given by resistance leaders”

KCSDS press statement reads, “the proposed Awami Adalat will be a response to Mr. Jha’s May 12 article in Greater Kashmir in which the author had accused JKLF Chairman, Yaseen Malik , of having been driven by motivated interests while running the anti-election campaign in selective areas where the PDP had electoral edge over National Conference.”

“Later, a May 13  statement attributed to Muzafar Husain Beg appeared in some valley-based newspapers making similar allegations against resistance leaders and cadres, to pave the way for low turnout, so as to benefit NC.”

The statement reads that, “the accusers and the accused should come forward to clear their position so that the myths whatever involved are demystified and public comes to know the truth. The proposed ‘Awami Adalat’ is scheduled to be held in third week of May, and for this purpose, invitations would be extended to the parties concerned and to a panel of impartial adjudicators. “KCSDS is hopeful that the concerned parties will attend the people’s court in the public interest,” the statement reads.

KCSDS member Shakeel Qalandar said that being the watchdog of the society, KCSDS feels duty bound to make people aware about the reality and facts.

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