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Letters to Election Commissioner
Gujarat elections

Subject: Letters to Election Commissioner-Gujarat elections

Many Human rights activists are sending this letter to election commission. Forwarding message that has come from an activist friend in Baroda. All organisations and individuals are urged to send similar letters to the Chief Election Commissioner of India.

As all of you know the ruling party in Gujarat seems to be preparing for
elections. We urge you all to please send as many letters to the EC for
reasons that we all know. Pls. mobilise as many organisations, jan
sanghathans and individuals to send letters. This is of utmost urgency.
Sending you a draft letter along with this email.

The Chief Election Commissioner
New Delhi

Sub: Elections in Gujarat

Dear Sir,

We, citizens of India are deeply shocked to hear reports in the media regarding early elections in Gujarat. We strongly believe that elections at this stage would be tantamount to a subversion of democracy. It would set a dangerous precedent that will allow all political parties to abdicate their responsibilities towards the people without the slightest remorse.

Over the last month and a half Gujarat has been reeling under the onslaught of unrestrained violence. The atmosphere in this State has been severely vitiated. The violence continues even today. The people live in fear, without any guarantee of safety of life and property. The livelihoods of thousands have been affected by the violence. Many are on the brink of starvation, many are unable to return to their homes. More than a lakh of people have been living in relief camps under the most difficult conditions without any idea when normalcy will return. Children have either not been able to give their examinations or have done so with at the risk of their lives. The lives of thousands of daily wagers and casual workers have been drastically affected by the violence that has engulfed the State. Thousands are without a roof over their heads and without the basic necessities of life.

The first priority today is to gain the confidence of the people, to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Failing that elections will be a farcical exercise. If elections are held it will not be in the interests of the people and neither will they be free and fair. It will in fact undermine all democratic structures and be a cynical abuse of democratic mechanisms.

In the prevailing circumstances, we urge upon you to please consider the issue of elections in Gujarat very carefully. In the interests of social justice, secularism and democracy, we cannot afford to have elections when the situation is so far from normal.

We enclose for your perusal an interim report that we had submitted to the NHRC. This report will give you an idea as to how the social fabric has been ruptured in Gujarat and the extent of the damage that has been wrecked on the people of this State.

Thanking you

Yours sincerely

R Puniyani

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