Bhim accuses ‘Coalition’ of rigging LC polls

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec, 3: NPP leader Prof. Bhim Singh, has charged the Govt. of J&K and its ministers for sabotaging entire democratic process during the polling day of the Council election of Panchayat Constituencies in J&K.
The Panthers supremo pointed out that a minister had organized a lunger for the Panchs and the Sarpachs (voters) at Billawar at the polling site. On the another NC minister had set up decoration camps at the threshold of the polling stations in Samba, Hiranagar and Kathua distributing gifts to Panchs and Sarpachs publicly. This matter was brought to the notice of Governor as well as the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu who is also a Returning Officer. At Mahore and Kalakote polling stations Congress and NC Sarpanchs were allowed to sit inside the polling booths by the Presiding Officers, Prof Singh alleged.
NPP leader further said that Congress and National Conference were responsible for criminal conspiracy to rig polls right since 1955. In 1987, it was National Conference which rigged the election under Farooq Abdullah’s regime. In 1988, it was Farooq Abdullah, the then Chief Minister who rigged the polls in Parliamentary by-elections from Udhampur.
The NPP Chief said that National Conference manipulated curfews in Kashmir on the eve of election to the Assembly in 1996 and several of its members won the election by securing votes not more than in three digits.
Prof. Singh urged the Governor N.N. Vohra to hold inquiry into the naked flagration of Election Rules and Code of Conduct by the ministers and the officials of J&K government. He demanded that all polls to the Legislative Assembly, Council and parliament should directly be conducted by the Chief Election of India and under the representations of People’s Act and not under the State Law.