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Why were Kashmir youth jailed before your visit: Gupkar Alliance asks Modi

People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration spokesman Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Monday said that the Panchayati Raj system is not new in Jammu and Kashmir, but it existed even before the partition and that the Indian government must not push the people towards the wall.

Addressing a press conference at his Gupkar residence, Tarigami said that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made an appeasing statement for the youth, but questioned why several youth were put behind the bars ahead of the visit.

“The Prime Minister has made tall claims to appease the youth, but it won’t serve the cause as there is a need to change the ground situation. What matters for the youth is to provide them employment, ensure a free atmosphere for them and give them security,” he said.

“I want to inform the government that the anger is increasing and don’t push them to the wall. Also, don’t consider silence as normalcy,” Tarigami said.

He added that the government is beating the drums with regard to the Panchayat Raj system here, but the fact is that it is nothing new in J&K as such a system was already existing in the Union territory even before the partition.

Tarigami further added that the government at present is claiming the new Kashmir, but the fact remains that this all existed in 1944, which is the outcome of the people’s movement.

He added that the implementation of GST was a big blow to the federal structure of India. “The government has claimed that the States will get their share under GST, but nothing has been given to the States so far,” he said.

Tarigami further said that the situation has changed on the ground as the Governors at present have become parallel centers in States, especially the places where opposition governments exist.

He further stated that the Prime Minister in a meeting of J&K leaders said ‘Doori door Karni Hai’, but unfortunately, nothing happened on the ground.

About the present power scenario, Tarigami said that the government should intervene and that 50 percent of electricity being generated from J&K should be given to the consumers here so that the people could heave a sigh of relief. “At present, 45 percent of the electricity supplied to different states is being generated from J&K and the government should intervene to provide at least 50 percent to the consumers here,” he said.

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