Times of Kashmir

| 20 Jul 2019

Elections can’t be substitute to RSD: Dal Khalsa

Endorses Hurriyat’s poll boycott stand in JK 

Amritsar, May 03 (KNO) : Stating that democratic system of India was not conducive to attaining a sovereign Punjab through the current electoral processes, Dal Khalsa Friday resolved to stay away from the upcoming elections to be held on May 19 in Punjab.

Presenting its viewpoint on parliamentary general elections 2019 in India, Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema released party’s no-election policy document declaring elections can’t be substitute to right to self-determination. Addressing press conference, Cheema said solution of Punjab problem lies in referendum under UN and not elections under Indian dispensation.

According to a statement issued to KNO, Dal Khalsa leader categorically affirmed that they are neither against democracy nor democratic system. “The organization envisages an arrangement like Quebec in Canada and Scotland in the United Kingdom, wherein it is possible to make right to self-determination an election agenda, subsequently leading to the right to secede,” he said.

He endorsed the unmitigated stand of the Hurriyat Conference boycotting elections in Jammu and Kashmir and that of the NSCN (IM) in Nagaland and maintains affinity and rapport with the struggling Kashmiris and Nagas.

Without the right to self-determination, elections are meaningless, said party head, adding that Sikh aspirations were too dear to be sacrificed at the altar of such a game of elections where money, liquor, drugs and even caste and class are key factors.(KNO)

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