Sajjad Lone, a prominent leader of the separatist movement in India-administered Kashmir, announced Saturday that he would be contesting the coming general elections.
upcoming Lok Sabha elections, becoming the first secessionist to join the democratic process.
Making the announcement at a press conference, 42-year-old Lone said that he was aspiring to enter Parliament to raise the voice of Kashmiris.
Lone, son of one of Hurriyat Conference’s founder leaders Abdul Ghani Lone, said he should not be “pre-judged” but allowed to pursue his “new method” of the same “ideology”.
‘I am not seeking power … but looking for a bigger platform to raise the Kashmiri voice,’ Lone said. ‘I will represent Kashmir in India not India in Kashmir,’ he added.
He said the parties that had represented people of Kashmir earlier were stooges of the Indian government.