JAMMU, May 15: Pointing towards the judgment of the Supreme Court mandating timely conduct of Assembly elections in States where Legislative Assemblies are prematurely dissolved, NPP chairman Harshdev Singh today accused the Govt of India and Governor’s Administration of defying the orders of the Apex Court for vested interests.
Addressing press conference Singh said that the Supreme Court in its judgment of September 2018 had ruled, that process of conducting Assembly elections in States where pre-mature dissolution of Lower House took place, needed to be completed within a period of six months. He said that the J&K Assembly having been dissolved on November 21, 2018, the elections to state Assembly ought to have been completed before May 21, 2019 in terms of the ruling of the SC which however, was not done for political and personal expediencies of helmsman at the centre and state. This amounted to violation of the orders of the SC for which the JKNPP would file a contempt petition against the concerned parties in the Apex court of the country, said Singh.
Accusing the Centre as well as State dispensation of having throttled democracy in J&K, Singh said that not only was the mandatory directives of SC disregarded but the people were divested of their democratic rights and constitutional guarantees. He said that the flimsy excuses given by the Govt for delay and deny over Assembly elections in J&K, could never satisfy the court whose Judgment had been circumvented and dismissed in the most casual manner.
He said that plea of security constraints taken by the Govt sounded illogical in a situation where in the Parliamentary elections in the state were held in the most peaceful manner. Similarly, the state Governor too had made a statement that “not a sparrow had been harmed” during Panchayat and Municipal elections held last year which were claimed to be most peaceful elections ever held, said Singh.
“Under such circumstances, taking the ground of security constrains defied logic and rationale and amply demonstrated the foul intentions of the concerned authorities in delaying the restoration of popular Govt in the state,” Singh added.