NEW DELHI, Nov 29: A deputation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, led by Harsh Dev Singh, former Minister and Chairman AAP J&K SCC, submitted a memorandum to Election Commission of India in New Delhi seeking early elections and restoration of democratic Government in J&K at the earliest.
In the memorandum, addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner, AAP has alleged that democracy continues to be abused and outraged by the present rulers behaving as unquestionable despots and running the affairs of the Govt for the last four years in J&K through their proxies.
“And when the people press for restoration of democratic Govt, the helmsmen either issue a statement assuring early elections or silence the protagonists of democracy through the coercive apparatus of the state. With all this happening for the last four years, democracy continues to be delayed and denied in J&K on one pretext or the other in contravention of the spirit of the Constitution and the ‘obiter dicta’ and rulings of the Apex Court of the country,” reads the memorandum.
Giving reference of the Supreme Court verdicts on varied occasions holding that Assembly elections must be held within six months in all those States/UTs where Assemblies are pre-maturely dissolved, AAP reiterates that J&K has been deprived of democratic Govt for the last four years.
“Elections are being delayed for one reason or the other. Sometimes they are denied on the grounds of the security scenario, sometimes on the pretext of unfinished Delimitation exercise, sometimes on the grounds of Amar Nath Ji pilgrimage, while at other times by taking the plea of intense cold or hot weather conditions or heavy snowfall,” said the memorandum.
Claiming that here was general impression that BJP may never allow elections in J&K as long as it remained in power, AAP memorandum stressed that it’s high time therefore that ECI prevailed so as to save the Constitution and democratic rights of the people of J&K.
Among those comprised the AAP deputation, included Yashpaul Kundal (Ex-Minister), Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Raj Kapoor, Lovelu Sambyal, Shan Choudhary, Dr Mohan Lal, Raj Kumar and Om Parkash Attri.