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Opposition leaders divested of security on political grounds: Harsh Dev
11/30/2019 8:33:06 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Nov 30: Accusing the government of playing petty politics even over the most sensitive issue of security and safety of opposition leaders of the erstwhile State of J&K, Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP said that those highlighting the omissions and commissions of the ruling dispensation were being divested of their security as a measure of political vendetta.
A press statement issued, he said that earlier the leaders of opposition despite their nationalistic credentials had been placed under house arrest for nearly two months in Jammu region as well without citing any cogent and justifiable reason for their preventive detention. And now they had been cherry picked for withdrawal of security which continued to be provided to the blue eyed political activists and workers of the ruling party, he added. He regretted that it was the political affiliations rather than threat perception which formed the basis for security categorization of political persons in J&K and urged for direct intervention of the President of India in view of gravity of matter.
He claimed that while the petty workers of BJP had been provided vehicles and security escorts by the govt., the top most leaders and heads of recognized political parties of J&K had been declined the much needed security. He said that earlier on the eve of BDC elections, the govt. kept the Jammu based leaders in custody thus preventing them from participating in the said elections. And now when the Lt. Governor had hinted at early Assembly Elections in the State, the said opposition leaders had been divested of security.
He said that the step appeared to have been taken by security authorities of J&K on the dictates of BJP so as to restrict the movement of opposition leaders and thereby restrain them from indulging in political activity. Further the ruling dispensation was selectively targeting those who had the temerity to question the misdeeds and other anti people policies of the ruling dispensation.
He said that despite life threats issued to him besides several attempts on his life by anti social/anti national elements, which had been duly reported to the helmsmen, the ruling party had forced the withdrawal of his security. He said despite being a legislator for 18 years besides being a Minister and presently heading the JKNPP, a recognized political party, he had been divested of his security as a part of political conspiracy.
He said that as the head of a recognized political party, he had to visit various parts and constituencies which did not find favour with a biased and hostile administration. He said that several small time workers of ruling party had been provided security Gypsies, Scorpios, BP Cars and a paraphernalia of security personnel on political considerations which was not only mockery of the system but an abuse of public exchequer and Security Related Expenditure (SRE).
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