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NC expresses discontent over LG's derogatory statement on elections in J&K
6/5/2023 10:56:36 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, June 5: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) has strongly criticized the Lieutenant Governor's recent statement, alleging that successive governments in Jammu and Kashmir have manipulated and rigged elections. The party views this as a direct insult to the people of the state, who have consistently and enthusiastically participated in the electoral process.
Rattan Lal Gupta, the provincial president of JKNC, expressed these concerns during a party workers' meeting held in the village of Dhanu in the Nagrota Constituency.
Gupta emphasized that the Lieutenant Governor's statement attempts to malign both the political parties and the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have repeatedly demonstrated their unwavering commitment to democracy. He stated that such remarks could undermine the credibility of the Election Commission of India (ECI), an independent constitutional body responsible for conducting fair and transparent elections across the country.
Furthermore, Rattan Lal Gupta accused the BJP-led central government of intentionally delaying the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir to maintain its control over the region. He claimed that the BJP fears facing elections in J&K because they lack popular support, which is why they are deliberately prolonging the election process.
The senior NC leader emphasized that democracy cannot be imposed externally but must emerge from within the hearts and minds of the people. He stressed the need for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be allowed to determine their own future through a democratic process.
It is noteworthy that the last Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir took place in 2014, prior to the state's reorganization into two Union Territories in August 2019. Since then, the Union Territory has been under the governance of President's Rule.
During the meeting, organized by senior NC leader Kuldeep Raj, serious concerns were raised regarding the scarcity of basic amenities, including power shortages, lack of access to clean water, and inadequate healthcare facilities in the area. The attendees highlighted the difficulties faced by the local population, urging the government to address these pressing issues.
Rattan Lal Gupta also demanded that the government clear the pending liabilities of nearly Rs 2 crore for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the region.
Pardeep Bali, Provincial Secretary of JKNC Jammu, called upon party workers to prepare for the upcoming Panchayat and Local Bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir. He asserted that the NC alone holds the solution to alleviate the sufferings of the people and urged party members to deliver a fitting response to the BJP in these elections, exposing their empty rhetoric.
Raghubir Singh, District President of Jammu Rural A, cautioned the public to remain vigilant against the divisive policies of the BJP and lend their support to the National Conference in the upcoming elections.
Vijay Lochan, Chairman of the SC Cell of JKNC Jammu, urged the local community to strengthen the hands of Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, and help bring about a government that prioritizes the needs of the people and is considerate towards their problems, in contrast to the BJP-led government, which he accused of favoring a select few in the country.
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