The mainstream political parties in Valley are increasingly becoming targets of public wrath in the deepening ongoing strife in Kashmir. Over the past month, several mainstream political workers including a leader of the opposition National Conference have resigned from their parties and joined protesters in a slideback to the early nineties.
On August 1, National Conference leader Iftikhar Hussain Misgar sought public apology for being a part of the mainstream political camp and announced his resignation from his party before a gathering of people outside his house in Anantnag. Misgar had unsuccessfully contested 2014 Assembly polls and the recent by-election from Anantnag.
Several mainstream party workers are announcing their resignations from the party activities through advertisements in local newspapers.
“I, Sheikh Fida Hussain, Block member of the PDP for Kund Block Qazigund do hereby resign from the post. The reason for this is the utter failure of the party to carry good governance and its recent role in the recent killings of people besides injuring to hundreds of youth,” read an advertisement in a local English newspaper.
“I want to inform that I have resigned from the PDP Halka Lal chowk. I will not be part of its party activities. Whatever happened in the past, I apologized for that,” read a paid advertisement by Imran Ali Kuka of Abi Guzar in Srinagar.
Similarly another worker Waseem Lone also quit the ruling party. “I want to announce that I have resigned from the PDP. I have no further affiliation with this party. It is not suitable to be part of this party under the current situation,” an advertisement by him read.
In its latest protest calendar, the separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference has urged people to paste “poster letters” on the walls and the poles around the houses of the state legislators and the ministers urging them to resign and join the Azadi struggle.
Earlier, Hurriyat had called for a social boycott of the mainstream politicians, holding them responsible for being directly responsible for the ongoing killings and the injuries in Valley. Around 66 civilians have lost their lives in the current uprising, more than hundred have been partially or completely blinded and scores of other have been maimed.
“It is time that people hold the pro-India leaders accountable and answerable and pressurize them to vacate (their seats). People shall ostracize them and boycott them at all levels, socially and publicly. People shall refuse to interact with them at community and public places. They shall no longer be allowed to exploit the people and the sacred freedom struggle,” the Hurriyat statement read.
The call for social ostracization was later endorsed by the chief of United Jihad Council Syed Salahuddin, who is based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
This has created a fraught situation whereby the mainstream politics has all but come to a standstill. The pressure is mounting on the local politicians to quit or shift to high security areas for VVIPS. So far, the houses of the three PDP legislators have been attacked and the hotel of the one Abdul Raheem Rather has been burnt. Other three are Muhammad Yusuf Bhat from Shopian, Muhammad Khalil Bandh from Pulwama and Naeem Akhtar from Srinagar.