Jamat Says, Have Fielded No Proxies, Calls For Boycott

Srinagar: The socio-religious political organization, Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) has distanced itself from the poll activities with its chief asking people to boycott the coming state elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

JeI chief Mohammad Abdullah Wani while talking to KNS took strong exceptions to the recent statement that was attributed to him, saying Jamat will take part in the assembly elections. “I have never said it. I said if for proving the representative character before the international community for the Kashmir resolution, Jamat will take part in that election that would be held under the supervision of the United Nations,” Wani said, adding that Jamat will never be instrumental in assembly or parliament elections.

Terming polls the futile exercise, the JeI chief said polls would never be substitute to the right of self determination and that JeI in Kashmir has already rejected the poll process which is being held under the purview of Indian constitution.

Asking people to boycott the coming assembly elections being held for 87 member state assembly, Wani said that JeI has already intimated to its entire state cadre to remain away from the poll exercise. “We have sent a clear message to our cadre that they should not participate in elections and neither should they vote. When JeI says it has nothing to do with the poll process, how could it take part into it?”

Over the door to door poll boycott campaign, the JeI chief maintained that his organization is already much busy with its own mission of religious propagation and hence has no time in carrying out the boycott campaign. “People have to understand that when Jamat is distancing itself from the poll process, they should follow the suit. It is certain that we will not ask people to vote.”

Over the allegations leveled by some mainstream parties that the JeI has fielded proxy candidates in the elections, Wani ridiculed the reports, saying false allegations are being leveled against the organization by the vested interests. He added that there are no proxy candidates of the JeI in the poll fray and the organization has no relation with any mainstream political party of the state.

“We have no understanding with PDP, NC, Congress or any other party in the state. We are not helping them and nor would we do it. We have already made it clear that JeI has rejected the present system of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.” 

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