Kashmir’s 34,000 grassroots representatives, elected last year, were frightened this year when two deputy sarpanches were killed in north Kashmir in two weeks in September. It was followed by mass resignations through newspapers by scared grassroots representatives. At least seven such representatives have been killed so far. Stating that he sees no difference between PDP’s Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and National Conference Omer Abdullah, Geelani said, “They are all employees and it is not denying the fact that they are creating the hurdles in freedom movement for their mean interests.” Asking people not to fall pray to designs of the mainstream leaders, Geelani said, “It’s only for their power politics that they are expressing sympathies with the people living in Srinagar. I am sure that the people living in Srinagar would not get deceived by their politics and will exhibit and repeat their commitment with the on-going movement,” said Geelani.