Elections no alternative to solution of Kashmir issue: CPI-M

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Srinagar, Nov 22 (UNI) Declaring that seven-phase elections in the Jammu and Kashmir could not be an alternative to solution of Kashmir issue, the CPI(M) today said it is India and Pakistan who, have to resolve it through negotiations.

However, he said, acute problems facing the people of the state could not wait and the Assembly provided the biggest forum to address the same.

Addressing workers convention at Okoora in Doru constituency in south Kashmir, Yousuf Tarigami explained that the elections could not be an alternative to solution of Kashmir problem, for which the negotiations between the two countries provided the proper forum.

He said some political parties are raising hollow slogans for narrow political gains.

However, he appealed to people not to go by rhetoric and false promises of these politicians but assess candidates on the basis of their performance before casting votes.

Mr Tarigami said the prospects of lacs of youth, stepping out of formal education are growing bleak by each passing day and the anti-peasant policies have plunged the agricultural sector into deep crisis.

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