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BJP scared of Assembly Polls in J&K: Harsh Dev
1/2/2023 10:44:21 PM
Early Times Report
CHENANI, Jan 2: Accusing the BJP govt of dilly dallying over the issue of holding Assembly Elections in J&K, Harsh Dev Singh, Former Minister and senior AAP leader said that the saffron regime seemed to be hell bent to deny the people of the UT their right to have a democratically elected govt of their own. Despite the 4 year long proxy rule in J&K since 2018 having proved a flop show, there was hardly any indication of restoring popular govt in the UT in the near future. He said that BJP govt had failed to deliver and to redeem its promises and therefore evading elections on one pretext or the other for the last four years besides having created huge confusion by spreading canards of preponement of panchayat and local bodies polls in the UT. Having antagonized its own electorates as well, the BJP was trying hard to buy time and thereby resorting to delay and deny tactics over the issue of conduct of Assembly elections in J&K. Scared to face the people in the wake of its multiple betrayals with peoples' cause, it preferred repeated postponement of polls and continuation of its proxy rule in the UT, said Singh. He was addressing huge gatherings in Bali and Moud villages of Chenani constituency.
Reiterating the need for the early elections to J&K Legislative Assembly in J&K, Singh said that any delay in this regard would not only amount to subversion of democracy but also violate the orders of the Supreme Court. The people could not be deprived of their democratic rights in the state only for the political inexpediencies of the ruling party at the centre by taking to frivolous excuses, said Singh. He said that a full time elected govt was a must to deal with the armed insurgency in the erstwhile state besides coping with the multiple issues confronting the UT. The militancy which had erupted in early 90s in J&K had gradually subsided after the formation of an elected govt in the state. It had almost died down during popular govts but unfortunately got revived during the centre's proxy rule. Any delay therefore in handing over power to the sons of soil through free and fair elections could prove counterproductive and further complicate the already volatile situation in the UT said Harsh.
Pointing towards the growing tensions in various parts of the UT and the failure of administration to come up to the peoples' expectations, Singh said that bureaucratic rule was no answer to the prevalent crisis. The LG administration had lost connection with the masses. The unemployed, semi-employed and contractuals were on the roads with none to even take note of their sufferings and grievances. The people inhabiting the rural areas were suffering badly for basic amenities with no access whatsoever to the corridors of power. With hardly any forum to ventilate their grievances, the people were suffering badly in the absence of a popular govt thereby resulting in growing alienation amongst the masses.
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