In a major development that can have impact on the forthcoming assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir, various Kashmiri Pandit organizations on Monday asked all the political parties approaching them for votes to first come up with detailed blue print about dignified return of the migrant community to the Valley, otherwise they will campaign vigorously among community members to use NOTA option on electronic voting machines during polling.
“We have been hearing political parties talking about our dignified return and rehabilitation in the Valley for the last more than two decades, but this time the migrant community is in no mood to be fooled by mere sloganeering,” said Vinod Pandit, chairman of the All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), a conglomerate of various migrant Kashmiri Pandit organizations.
Before we decide as to which way we shall go during polls, let every political party explain as to how it will “address their political, social, economic and religious aspirations after getting its members elected to the Legislative Assembly,” he added while releasing APMCC’s six point charter of demands.
The demands include passing of Kashmir temples and shrines Bill in the State Legislative Assembly, dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Shardha Peeth temple across the Line of Control, establishment of Shardha Peeth University in the state, probe into encroachment of land belonging to temples and shrines, one time compensation to migrant Kashmiri Hindu youth who are overage, besides special employment package for non-migrant Hindus of Kashmir Valley.
Asking political parties to also clear their stand on these six demands, the APMCC national spokesperson King C Bharti accused all the political parties of even ignoring Kashmiri Pandits’ repeated plea to simplify procedure for their enrollment as migrant voters despite the fact that they have huge numbers in the state.
He accused political parties of taking the migrant community for a ride, he said that it was their final call as this time Pandits will either vote for a party which comes out with a detailed blue print regarding their demands or use the NOTA option on electronic voting machines during elections.
Others accompanying Vinod Pandit and Bharti on the occasion include Arun Kandroo advocate (APMCC), Desh Rattan Pandita and Raj Nath Dhar (both All Migrants Camp Coordination Committee), Sharda Nandan Bhat, (Sharda Mata Trust, Kaloosa Bandipora), Kuldeep Saproo (veteran music director), Soom Nath Saraf (Kapal Mochan Trust, Shopian), Vijay Chicken (Kahmiri Migrants Protection Forum), Sanjay Koul (All Displaced Youth Forum), P.L. Pandita (Zestha Devi Prabandhak Committee), Swami Anand Ji Maharaj (Temple Committee Ram Nagri, Shopian), Srikanth Koul, Yoginder Singh Jamwal (Mata Kalyani and Boot Nath Temple, Kakran Kulgam), Girdhari Lal Bhat (Mata Kheer Bhawani Asthapan, Tikkar – Kupwara), Roots in Kashmir (Delhi), besides Tej Krishan Zutshim Vimarsh Koul, Ravinder Koul, Rakesh Pandita and Ramesh Bhat (all APMCC).