NEW DELHI: Reacting strongly to the Centre’s decision to hold Block Development Council (BDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir even while large parts of the Valley remain under a communications and movement blockade, Shehla Rashid has said that she is disassociating from electoral politics because of the Centre’s disregard for Indian laws when it comes to Kashmir.
Rashid had joined the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Party, launched by former IAS officer Shah Faesal, in March this year. However, she now says, “It is clear that participation in any political activity in Kashmir requires a compromise.” Her statement adds that she will continue her work as an activist, but cannot in good faith continue to engage in mainstream politics.
The Kashmir Valley has been under a severe blockade 65 days now, ever since the Centre read down Article 370 of the constitution, revoking the state’s special status, and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. A large number of political leaders and workers are under house arrest, including two former chief ministers.