Shun boycott, else BJP will grab Sopore: NC tell Geelani

SRINAGAR: National Conference legislator and party candidate for ‘restive’ Sopore constituency Monday said that it would be a major ‘set-back’ for Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Geelani, if Sopore Assembly seat with the support of migrant voters gets into the kitty of pro-Hindu party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I appeal Geelani Sahab to reconsider his boycott call in Sopore. He has been my mentor and I have great regard for him. He is an influential leader and people do support him by heart. Major portions of Sopore boycott elections on his call,” said NC legislator Muhammad Ashraf adding that Indian media will give it negative twist if BJP bags Sopore seat with the support of Hindu migrant voters.

He said that it is obvious that election boycott in Sopore will help BJP. “There is no denying in this fact that people love and respect Geelani sahab and they follow his diktats in letter and spirit. “I as a pupil, vehemently appeal to him to ask people of Sopore to vote for any regional party this time. Once people will vote, BJP will disappear from the scene,” he said.

Ganaie admitted that he is not able to move freely in Sopore. He said that people, especially youth are not interested in elections and pro-freedom mood has been preventing him from launching a door-to-door campaign in major belts of Sopore constituency. “Right from 2008, the year when I was elected MLA, I could not roam freely in the town where anti-India sentiment is very deep. Still I did a lot for the people of Sopore,” he maintained.

Ganaie, however said that this time he is hopeful that people will vote to check the success of BJP. “I have been in constant touch with the migrant voters who mostly belongs to Bomai Sopore. I hope they will vote for me,” he said. (CNS)

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