PC to sit on hunger strike if electoral demography of J-K is changed: Sajad Lone

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Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said they will sit on hunger strike before the Parliament and other constitutional bodies if there is an attempt by the government to change the electoral demography of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a news conference, Lone, as per a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that they will sit on a hunger strike in front of the Parliament if the government makes an attempt to change the demography of J-K.

“The law (Representation of The Peoples Act-1951) is not a threat to us but the intentions of the Government are a threat to us,” he said.

Lone said they neither accept the clarification issued by the J-K nor reject it.

“We will wait and watch and if there is an attempt to change the demography of J&K, we will go on hunger strike,” he said.

Senior PC leader and former Law Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Mir said that the chief electoral officer’s assertions about the inclusion of non-locals in the electoral rolls of J-K are not supported by law.

“The law is clear that the person must be a habitual resident of that place for a considerable time. The service voters (members of armed forces) can vote only for their native constituencies irrespective of their places of posting,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that different political parties are meeting in Srinagar to discuss the issue of the inclusion of non-locals in the electoral rolls of J-K. The meeting is being attended by NC, PDP, Congress and other parties.

Former deputy CM Muzaffar Hussain Baig had said that he will also attend APM if he is invited. But he has not been invited to attend the APM. (KNO)

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