PM Modi’s first poll rally in Valley: Syed Ali Shah Geelani calls for shutdown

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Srinagar, Dec 3: Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a shutdown on December 8 to protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will hold his first election campaign rally in the Valley.

"Geelani called for complete shutdown on December 8 against the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir," a spokesman of the Hurriyat said.

HC chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani

The Prime Minister is scheduled to address two election rallies in Srinagar and Anantnag towns of the Valley as part of the campaign for party candidates. Polls in these areas will be held on December 14.

Geelani has also called for a shutdown on December 9 to protest against the holding of elections in Budgam, Pulwama and Baramulla district which go to polls in the third phase.

Meanwhile, Geelani condemned the killing of sarpanch Mohammad Sultan Bhat on Sunday by unidentified gunmen and attack on another sarpanch on Tuesday in Shopian district.

"It is an un-Islamic, inhuman act and unjustified to kill any unarmed person without assigning any proper reason ... this is an intolerable act," he said.

PTI

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