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NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) workers on Sunday held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, seeking the dissolution of J and K Assembly followed by fresh elections.
The protestors led by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman JKNPP and former Minister and Balwant Singh Mankotia State President JKNPP in presence of Prof. Bhim Singh Chief Patron JKNPP carrying flags and placards marched towards the Parliament House but were intercepted by Parliament Street Police Station officers and restrained from proceeding further.
They raised slogans against Central Government and BJP.
Harsh said that the Governor Rule has completed one month in the State of J and K with none of the political parties or alliances coming forth to claim the formation of the govt.
He said that Sec 92 could not be used as a ploy by the Central Government to engage in proxy rule through the Governor especially in a situation when the formation of government in the State appeared to be a remote possibility.
Maintaining that the current political situation in the State called for dissolution of Assembly, the JKNPP Chairman said that PDP already having indicated its disinclination to form the government by putting forth unwarranted conditions and NC and Congress having conveyed their stand in the media, it was BJP alone which seemed to be interested in government formation. But BJP’s desperation alone could not help it form the government as it had only 25 MLAs, he added.
He said that it is illogical and unconstitutional on the part of PDP to put conditions and indulge in unwholesome bargains for government formation as it amounts to a corrupt practice. He said that any concessions given by the BJP led government to PDP would amount to unethical conduct aimed solely at formation of BJP-PDP alliance and hence constitute a corrupt practice.
Emphasising that there was no reason to continue with the political impasse in J and K, Harsh called for a firm decision by the governor in conformity with the Parliamentary precedents and in accordance with mandate of constitution. He said that governor’s rule could not be continued only for the reason that the political parties were indecisive with regard to the formation of government.
Strongly flaying the BJP for its lust for power, Balwant Singh Mankotia said that the Saffron Party which was earlier opposing the candidature of Mahbooba Mufti for CM had now unilaterally announced the PDP president as their favorite choice for CM in the proposed government.
He said that it was utterly amusing to note the BJP leaders twisting and turning in their desperation to reach a political deal with PDP so that their ministerial berths remained secure. He said that by its highly profligate and reprobate conduct, the BJP had betrayed not only the legacy of Dr. Mukherjee and Vivekanand but also proved beyond doubt that lust knows no bars, no red lines. He regretted that BJP’s ambitions had dented Jammu pride and lit fires that would take months and years to subside. While urging upon the Governor to uphold the democratic aspirations of the people of the state, he called for dissolution of the Assembly to be followed by fresh elections.
Prof. Bhim Singh said that the people of the state were feeling cheated as the powers to govern and administer which were the prerogatives of an elected regime were assigned to bureaucrats despite peoples’ huge participation in the democratic process. He sought amendment in the Article 370 so that the Parliament of India was empowered to legislate in respect with the State of Jammu and Kashmir and maintained that Reorganization of J&K State is the only way out from the ongoing political turmoil.
Among those who were present on the occasion included Sukhdev Singh, Dhani Ram Attri, Romesh Khajuria, Sham Lal Gorkha, Balbir Singh, Sunil Paroch, Jagdev Singh Jagga, Baldev Singh, Darshan Paroch, Ashok Hans, Sahil Kumar, Vikram Sarmal, Ajay Raj, Surjeet Guleria, Rajiv Jolly, Mohd Saleem, A J Rajan beside others.
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