‘JKNPP to file contempt petition in SC’
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Pointing towards judgement of the Supreme Court mandating timely conduct of Assembly elections in States where Legislative Assemblies are prematurely dissolved, JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh on Wednesday accused the Government of India and Governor’s administration of defying the orders of the Apex Court for vested interests. Briefing media persons here, Harsh said that the Supreme Court in its judgement of September 2018 had ruled that process of conducting Assembly elections in States, where pre-mature dissolution of Lower House took place, needed to be completed within a period of six months. He further said that with J&K Assembly having been dissolved on November 21, 2018, the elections ought to have been completed before May 21, 2019 in terms of ruling of the SC, which however was not done for political and personal expediencies of the helmsman at the Centre and State. This amounted to violation of orders of the SC for which JKNPP would file a contempt petition against concerned parties in the Apex court, said Singh. Accusing the Centre as well as State dispensation of having throttled democracy in J&K, Singh said that not only the mandatory directives of SC were disregarded but people were divested of their democratic rights and constitutional guarantees. He said that flimsy excuses given by the Government for delay in holding Assembly Elections in J&K could never satisfy the court, whose judgement had been circumvented and dismissed in the most casual manner. He said that the plea of security constraints taken by the Government sounded illogical in a situation where the Parliamentary elections were held in the most peaceful manner in the State. Similarly the State Governor too had made a statement that ‘not a sparrow has been harmed’ during Panchayat and Municipal elections held last year, which were also claimed to be most peaceful elections ever held, said Singh. Harsh further pointed out that even the Home Minister had made a statement in the last Budget session of the Parliament that security deployment in the State was not a problem and that the Home Department was all prepared to provide as many troops as needed for Assembly elections, if held, along with Parliamentary polls. He further said that even Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had proposed simultaneous polls all across the country and subsequently blamed the opposition for not agreeing to his proposition. It was, however, the same Government which had declined to hold Assembly elections along with Lok Sabha polls, thereby proving their duplicitous character besides their precedence for personal interest over public good and legal obligations, rued Singh. Announcing his decision to move the Supreme Court for early restoration of democratically elected Government in the State, Singh said that the contempt petition shall also be filed for unreasonably and unjustifiably failing to hold elections in the State in conformity with rulings of the Court. Gagan Partap Singh, State Secretary JKNPP was also present in the press conference.
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