STATE TIMES NEWS RAMNAGAR: While prolonged President’s Rule is symptomatic of the constitutional breakdown in a state, the State of J&K has the dubious distinction in the country of having remained under central rule for largest spells on different occasions, said Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister. Addressing public meetings in Kanah, Gadeni, Kanala and Dalsar villages of Ramnagar Constituency, Harsh said that the people have been deprived, on numerous occasions, not only of democratically elected governments but also of their rights of having local self governments at gross-root level. With the erstwhile BJP-PDP Government having been replaced by Governor’s Rule in June 2018 and imposition of President’s Rule for two successive terms thereafter, the BJP led centre too had indirectly admitted its failure in ensuring normalcy and in restoring democratic system in the State in conformity with the provisions of the constitution, he lamented. Asserting that J&K was the last priority for the New Delhi rulers, Singh deplored the brazen defiance of fundamental guarantees of the people of the state by central and state leaders for vested interests. Not only were the people deprived of Assembly elections but even Panchayat elections and Municipal polls were held at the sweet will of rulers and even after decades if so chosen by the helmsmen. “And the most workable excuse taken by various regimes was that of the security related issues without realizing that law and order was even worse in states like U.P, West Bengal, Bihar and N.E States. With centre continuing its proxy rule in the state and democracy having been kept as hostage to the whims of helmsmen, the subversion of rights and constitutional guarantees of people was more pronounced in the state of J&K then anywhere else. Further a cursory look at the mal-functioning of institutions, a highly fractured work culture, patronized corruption and governance deficits amply indicated that the state of J&K qualified to be described as a failed state. Holding all national as well as Kashmir based political parties responsible for the growing public disenchantment and pathetic state of affairs in J&K, Harsh called upon the people to elect honest, capable and committed leaders to steer the state out of crisis. He said that people of the State can’t be made to pay for the sins of its leaders and NPP would make all opportunist, dishonest leaders accountable, for their sins, omissions and commissions, before the masses.
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