Appealing to voters to stay away from Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference on Friday said it considered holding of polls as a "futile and meaningless exercise".
The Hurriyat had never been a part of "the so-called election process" and, in fact, considered holding of polls as a "futile and meaningless exercise", an amalgam spokesman said here.
"This futile process (polls) has not helped in solving the Kashmir issue in the past," he said after a meeting of the Executive Council and the General Council of the separatist amalgam.
The spokesman appealed to people to observe a complete shutdown on polling days. The moderate faction of the Hurriyat, headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, asked both India and Pakistan to address the Kashmir issue in accordance with wishes and aspirations of the people.
"We are not against democratic values. But, we want an everlasting and just solution to Kashmir issue," the spokesman said. "This is the demand of democracy," he said.
With voting in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency slated for April 30, the hardline faction of the Hurriyat, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has given a call for a 50-hour shutdown, beginning this evening.