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Highway ban, mass arrests move to impose emergency in Kashmir: Mir 

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Srinagar, May 01: J&K Congress president and party candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency G A Mir Wednesday said that banning civilian traffic on the highway and affecting mass arrests “were deliberate move to impose emergency in Kashmir by BJP-RSS”.

He also said that Congress party will review all such moves taken from time to time to ensure that injustices meted out to people by the State and Central governments come to an end, so that people were not intimated and punished for no fault of theirs.

Addressing public meetings of Shopian and Wachi constituencies in District Shopian, Mir assured the people that Congress will review all such cases to ensure that the confusion created under the garb of ban and mass arrests by Centre and State governments was cleared to bring the people out of chaos and miseries. “Our people have faced the brunt of misrule and misgovernance on the part of PDP and BJP; now the time has come to answer them by ballot,” he said.

He said “the ban on highways, educational institution and mass arrests in south Kashmir, especially in Shopian and Pulwama district was very unfortunate and condemnable.  Both BJP and RSS are desperate about the poll outcome; the saffron party has sensed defeat and now it is victimizing people of Kashmir one way or the other so as to divert the attention of the nation from their failures.”

Mir also took a jibe at PDP and NC for “playing politics” on the highway ban. “Both -- PDP and NC – are least bothered about such anti-people moves, their only concern and aim is to gain political mileage to get benefit in the ongoing elections.”

He said people “must realize that Congress is set to form the government at the centre and will address the issues concerning people of Jammu and Kashmir, besides putting an end to the harassment, mass arrests, ban on highways and educational institutions.”

He said Shopian district has faced tremendous hardships due to the PDP’s failure on all fronts. “This party (PDP) got a good mandate from south Kashmir, but could not even be able to ensure safety and security of the people. Now PDP has again started misleading people on sensitive issues with an eye on the elections,” Mir said and added “this is the best opportunity for people to respond to the misleading and opportunistic politics of PDP, BJP, NC and others.”

Appealing the people to ensure his victory, Mir said “Congress party is winning in the Anantnag and Kulgam phases of the ongoing elections in south Kashmir, and it will also register victory in Shopian and Pulwama districts, with a thumping majority.”

Mir also told the people to not come under “false propaganda” by PDP and NC “as both the parties are helping BJP under a well-planned strategy. PDP and NC were doing only lip service to people of Shopian and Pulwama for votes.”

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