Jammu: Accusing the BJP govt of delaying and denying the restoration of popular rule in J&K on one pretext or the other so as to subserve its vested political interests, a strong contingent of JKNPP led by Harsh Dev Singh former minister and chairman JKNPP and held a massive protest demonstration in Jammu today. The protestors raised slogans seeking the end of proxy rule in J&K and holding of assembly elections without any further delay.
Alleging subversion of democracy in J&K post Article 370 abrogation, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister today said that BJP led govt appeared to be averse to the idea of holding Assembly elections in the new set up. He said that while no initiative had been taken to restore popular rule in J&K, the BJP govt seemed to be least bothered about holding time bound delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the UT created on August 5, 2019. While the saffron regime was creating a lot of Jangle and rattle over the issue of delimitation and increase of seats for Jammu, the fact remained that it failed to initiate any action in respect thereof except constitution of Delimitation Commission despite lapse of more than 26 months after the conversion of state into UTs, observed Singh. He said that while delimitation of DDC constituencies in J&K was effected within one week by the present dispensation, the helmsmen had failed to come out with any convincing explanation for the inordinate delay in delimiting Assembly constituencies. He said that with delimitation delayed and denied, political process having been rendered defunct in J&K and political parties discredited and discouraged, the centre seemed to be hell bent to continue its proxy rule in the erstwhile Dogra state through its chosen ones. The rumours were agog that the BJP was persuading the delimitation commission to delay the process so as to deny elections in J&K and that the draft of delimitation would actually be finalized by the BJP, divulged Singh adding that any connection or nexus between the said commission and a political party would completely shatter the faith of the common masses in autonomous bodies.
Asserting that legitimate, elected govt alone could meet the aspirations of the people, Mr. Singh questioned the rationale behind repeated postponement of Assembly Elections in J&K. He said that Election Commission had earlier taken a call for simultaneous polls of Assembly & Parliament in February 2019 when it held a series of meetings with various political parties over holding such elections which however did not materialize. It later issued a statement on 4th June, 2019 stating therein that “after the conduct of Amarnath Yatra the EC will announce the election schedule for the conduct of Assembly Elections in J&K”, revealed Singh adding that it too turned out to be a hoax. Likewise, statements of early Assembly polls were issued by central govt. Governor and the Lt Governor also, which too created only cynicism amongst the masses in view of the frequency with which they were made and then forgotten.
Asserting that general masses were fatigued with the bureaucratic rule, Mr. Singh called for an end to proxy rule in J&K and early restoration of democracy in the erstwhile state. The elected representatives alone could appreciate the concerns of the public as against the outside bureaucrats who hardly had any accountability to the people. The cosmetic ‘public hearing’ exercises by the Advisors and Secretaries and the sojourns of central Ministers had failed to inspire the masses who missed the much needed delivery on the ground”, observed Mr. Singh.
Re-iterating that a people’s govt alone could fulfill the aspirations of the general masses, Mr. Singh sought early Assembly elections in J&K so as to address the concerns of various aspirational groups of the erstwhile state