Gadkari’s Statement Ridiculous: Geelani

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Srinagar, May 14 : Terming the statement of BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari as ridiculous and hypocritical, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has lashed out at Indian leadership for “lacking” political vision and courage to accept the ground realities in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Creating a venomous and war like atmosphere on flimsy and baseless issues to lure the electorate and grab the political power is a curse and a part of filthy politics which has ruined the very ethics of democracy and moral values,” he said in a statement issued to GNS.
Quoting Gadkari, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that irrespective of absolute majority in the outgoing Parliament of India, the BJP leaders referred to the sensitive situation in Jammu and Kashmir as a main stumbling block in the way of abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A.

Terming these “lame excuses” as silly political postures of Indian leadership, Geelani asked: “When was conducive atmosphere available for India on the ground floor of Jammu and Kashmir since its military occupation on 27th of October 1947?”
While citing the historical facts, Geelani reminded that it was the same sensitive situation which India put forth as pretence to defer the plebiscite before the UN and pledged to implement it as and when the situation is conducive.
Advising people to refrain from making Kashmir as an election stunt, Hurriyat (G) chairman castigated the “duplicity” of Indian leadership “who on the one hand make great hue and cry to abrogate Article 370 and 35-A to lure the electorate in India and on the other hand provide political material for its local stooges in Jammu and Kashmir by creating a farce like situation in protection of Article 370 and 35-A and false tirade against the Indian political aggression to befool the people of Kashmir”.
“Time and again these deceitful tactics have failed to dilute the pro-freedom sentiments of the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Geelani expressed hope that sooner or later India shall have to accept the ground reality of Kashmir and pave way for the final resolution of this long pending dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people. (GNS)

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