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|ASKPC demands separate constituencies
Jammu (India) May 5, 2009
Report and Images by Raman Raina
ll State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) president, Amarnath Vaishnavi in a press conference held here today demanded separate constituencies for KP refugees including Sikhs in exile till separate State is carved out in the Valley.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that under a conspiracy KP’s votes have been deleted only to make Kashmir an Islamic State and please Pakistan and its fundamentalist forces. ‘There is no reason to introduce ‘M’ Forms and 12-C Forms for KP’s because they are patriotic and citizens of this country. Community is torched by the State, Center as well as Election Commission of India are responsible for denying the rights to vote”, he added.
Vaishnavi said that the matter has been brought to the notice of the Election Commission to look into the matter instead of throwing in the wastepaper basket. He quoted that the head of the family who filled ‘M’ form has not the name in the voter list though the members whose names have been entered in the form by him exits but head of the family is no where. Bangla Deshi’s can votes here and send their representatives to the legislature, but we the real aborigines of the State are denied the right to votes he added.
While giving some examples Vaishnavi said that in a village Aresh of kulgam Tehsil (Kashmir) exist not even a single Kashmiri Pandits name in the voter list, though there was good number of the Pandits existed in the previous voter lists of 1986, and in the village Chanam (Kashmir) there were 400 KP voters in 2008 but today there are sixteen only. It is what has happened everywhere he added.
ASKPC President alleged that some vested interests have started to tarnish the fair image of Jagmohan for their selfish interest, condemns such activities and fully believe that he is the true patriot who has saved Kashmir from falling into enemy’s hands. R. K.Raina (Senior vice president ASKPC) and H.L.Chatna (General Secretary ASKPC) also spoke on the occasion.
Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammi, India.
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