BJP scared of Assembly polls in J&K: Harsh Dev

Harsh Dev Singh and others at an AAP public rally in Bari Brahmana on Sunday.
Harsh Dev Singh and others at an AAP public rally in Bari Brahmana on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
SAMBA, Nov 27: Accusing the BJP Govt of dilly dallying over the issue of holding Assembly elections in J&K, Harsh Dev Singh, former Minister and Chairman AAP J&K State Co-ordination Committee 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.
“Having antagonized its own electorates as well, the BJP is trying hard to buy time and thereby resorting to delay and deny tactics over the issue of conduct of Assembly elections in J&K,” he said while addressing a rally at Bari Brahmana in Vijaypur Assembly constituency, which was organized by Raj Mohd Salaria, Sangathan Mantri of District Samba Aam Aadmi Party.
Reiterating the need for the early elections to J&K Legislative Assembly, Mr 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. 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.
Yash Paul Kundal, Ex-Minister and senior AAP leader, while pointing towards the growing tensions in various parts of the UT and the failure of administration to come up to the peoples’ expectations, said that bureaucratic rule was no answer to the prevalent crisis.
“The LG administration has lost connect with the masses. The unemployed, semi-employed and contractuals are on the roads with none to even take note of their sufferings and grievances. The people inhabiting the rural areas are e suffering badly for basic amenities with no access whatsoever to the corridors of power,” he said.
Others, who spoke on the occasion, included Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar and Lovelu Sambyal.