Shehla Rashid Quits Electoral Politics, Says Will Remain An Activist

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“I believed it is possible to deliver both justice and good governance,” Shehla Rashid said.

New Delhi: 

Six months after her foray into mainstream politics, former student leader Shehla Rashid on Wednesday announced she is quitting electoral politics in Kashmir following the move to hold Block Development Council elections, saying she can’t be a party to the exercise of legitimising the “suppression” of people.

Shehla Rashid, who became a prominent face of student activism following a controversy over a 2016 event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University during which alleged anti-national slogans were raised, had earlier this year joined the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement floated by former IAS officer Shah Faisal.

In a statement, the former JNUSU vice-president said she was compelled to dissociate “with the electoral mainstream in Kashmir” due to the central government’s move to ho

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