BJP trying to get reserved seats rotated, exposed on political appointments: Rana

NC provincial president, Devender Singh Rana, flanked by senior party leaders at a press conference in Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
NC provincial president, Devender Singh Rana, flanked by senior party leaders at a press conference in Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 8: Provincial president of National Conference for Jammu, Devender Singh Rana today alleged that BJP has been trying to get the reserved seats rotated before the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections while it stood exposed again on the issue of political appointments in the State.
Addressing a press conference here today, Rana said the delimitation especially rotation of reserved category seats issue has been settled by the State Assembly with the two-third of its majority. He said Legislative Assembly has passed with two third majority against any delimitation till 2026. “This was upheld by Jammu and Kashmir in 2010 and subsequently by the Supreme Court in 2011 in Bhim Singh versus State of Jammu and Kashmir case”, he said, hoping this position will be respected by the Constitutional head, who is heading the government in absence of democratically elected dispensation.

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Rana cautioned the BJP against its anti-J&K mindset, saying the people will fight tooth and nail its machinations and preserving the special identity of the State. He said a delegation of NC also met the Governor today and submitted a memorandum.
Rana expressed satisfaction over the assurance of Governor Satya Pal Malik against any attempt of trampling with basic constitutional framework of Jammu and Kashmir and other issues involving legalities like rotation of reserved seats and Resettlement Laws pending in the Apex Court.
“The Governor has assured that his administration will focus on governance and leave legal and constitutional matters to the elected Government,” Rana maintained.
He said the delegation invited the attention of the Governor to media reports about the BJP’s overt and covert machinations in getting eight assembly seats of Kishtwar, Bishnah, Billawar, Nagrota, Vijaypur, Akhnoor and Ramnagar rotated.
“These machinations also reflect BJP’s frustration and admission of having lost even as the bigul for elections is yet to sound”, Rana told the media, The BJP is showing signs and symptoms of defeat by resorting to behind the curtain conspiracies in the mistaken belief of manipulating the institution of the Governor and his inherent legislative powers in the wake of dissolution of Legislative Assembly.
On the issue of the State Government’s reported response to Resettlement Laws in the Supreme Court, Rana said ” we have been assured by the Governor that these issues would be addressed by the elected government.” He exuded confidence that the Governor will stick to his commitments and foil all attempts being engineered by the BJP with regarding to fiddling with the Constitution.
On political appointments in Khadi and Village Industries Board, Rana said that National Conference registered its concern with the Governor, emphasizing that Raj Bhavan should remain neutral on such matters and maintain sanctity of this high office.
Rana exuded confidence about National Conference getting massive mandate of the people and forming a stable and strong government in the State. He ruled out any alliance with any party, saying the party will contest ensuing elections on its own, as the Government on crutches cannot meet the challenges and deliver justice to the people.
Senior leaders Surjeet Singh Slathia, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Babu Ram Pal, Kashmira Singh, Dr Kamal Arora, Brij Mohan Sharma, Trilochan Singh Wazir, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Depinder Kour and Vijay Lochan were also present.