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Lok Sabha Polls will convey J&K people’s expression to rest of India: Ruhullah


Srinagar , May 10: The Conference candidate from the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, has said he will not participate in the assembly polls in and Kashmir as the institution of the state assembly has been “undemocratically degraded” after the abrogation of Article 370.

Mehdi, an influential Shia leader, said the parliamentary elections are important means to convey the expression of the J-K people about Article 370 to the rest of the country.

“I do not accept the status of the state assembly which it has been degraded to. I consider it an undemocratically degraded institution which we can at the best call a glorified municipality,” Mehdi said in a freewheeling interview on his campaign trail in this central Kashmir district, which is a part of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

The Srinagar constituency has been represented by three generations of the Abdullahs. Mehdi said by participating in the assembly elections and being part of “that degraded assembly”, he would be “legitimising” that status.

“That is something I do not want to do. As an individual, I do not want to give that legitimacy to the assembly and the status quo. Therefore, I am clear I am not participating in any assembly elections,” he added.

Mehdi, a former three-time MLA of central Kashmir's Budgam assembly segment, said he was not fighting elections for power or opportunities.

“Assembly elections for me are an easier and comfortable option and that gives more opportunities to me to be in the power corridors. But accepting that assembly and being part of it would amount to legitimising that degraded assembly. I do not want to be a part of that,” he said.

Referring to the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, Mehdi said the parliamentary polls give him an opportunity to create a political space, to resonate “this sentiment” and take this expression to the institution (Parliament) where these decisions were taken.

“Parliament should know that the decisions that it took were completely undemocratic and the people of J-K had no participation and no role to play in that decision-making. This is the institution where we need to take that sentiment, expression and opinion. Through that, I intend to take this expression to the rest of .

“So, this is completely a different thing from the assembly and I am sure that I am not going to participate in the assembly elections for these reasons,” he added.

The former minister said the are important because they are happening for the first time after the decisions that were taken on in 2019.

“The constitutional status that J-K enjoyed was taken unconstitutionally and undemocratically. The status of J-K was degraded and the rights and guarantees that were assured to us when we had acceded to the Union of India were snatched from us unilaterally and without the wish and will of the people.

Mehdi said the Lok Sabha elections provide an opportunity to express not only to Parliament of India but also to the rest of the nation “that we do not subscribe to the status to which we have been degraded”.


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