The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani has said that the Narendara Modi's nomination as BJP's prime ministerial candidate is a blot on India's secular and democratic credentials.
Addressing a massive rally in Kulgam, Syed Ali Geelani described Modi as a "killer of humanity, whose hands are soaked with the blood of thousands of innocent Muslims. "Whatever happened in Gujarat during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots happened under the patronage of Modi."
Geelani said that the BJP leader's visit to Jammu and Kashmir posed a threat to the territory's peace. "This mentally-sick person is trying to sow the seeds of communal hatred in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
Referring to a recent order by a Delhi court about Syed Salah-uddin, Geelani said the Hizbul Mujahideen chief was fighting for a just cause and there was no justification for the court to "brand a freedom fighter as a proclaimed offender."
Reiterating the call for boycott of the upcoming Assembly elections, Syed Ali Geelani said that attempts were being made by some elements to lure people into polls by portraying some pro-India parties as some kind of lesser evil. "The fact is that all pro-India parties are equally responsible for lending support to the Indian occupation," he said.
"They have bartered Kashmir's natural resources for the lust of power. This is the reasons that people of Kashmir have been pushed into perpetual darkness. Our water resources are being used to generate electricity and the same is being sold to different states while the people of Kashmir have been left to bear the brunt," he added. "Whatever the reasons, when people cast votes it is detrimental for the cause of freedom and only helps India to sell the so-called elections as collective approval of Kashmiris to its occupation of Kashmir," he said. Blaming the pro-India parties for bartering the resources of Kashmir for occupying seats of power, the veteran leader said these parties have pushed Kashmir into medieval ages.
Affirming that the people of Kashmir will not accept any solution other than complete freedom, he said their political aspirations have to be respected.
"Let me assure my non-Muslim brethren that after we get independence, their lives and properties will remain safe and secure. I appeal them to support the Kashmir's freedom movement and I assure them that their rights would be safeguarded after independence. We will fail every attempt which is aimed to divide Kashmir on regional, religious or cultural basis."
"My rallies are aimed to make the international community aware that India is continuing its occupation in Jammu and Kashmir forcibly. It is also to make clear to the world that Kashmir is not an integral part of India but a disputed territory, which is yet to be resolved."