NPP protests against Govt’s silence over Delimitation, Assembly polls

NPP leaders and activists staging protest against BJP Govt in Jammu on Monday.
NPP leaders and activists staging protest against BJP Govt in Jammu on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 20: Accusing the BJP Govt of criminal silence post re-organization over the issues of Delimitation and Assembly elections in the State, NPP activists led by party chairman Harshdev Singh held a massive protest demonstration at exhibition ground Jammu today.
The agitated protestors raised slogans of “Parisiman Aayog ka Gathan Karo, Gathan Karo”, “Jammu ki Seats mein Izafa Karo, Izafa Karo”, ” Jammu ke Logon ko Dhokha Dena Bandh karo, Bandh karo”, ” BJP …Hai Hai” and sought a official statement from the BJP Govt over the said issues.
Speaking on the occasion, Harshdev said that delimitation of Assembly constituencies in J&K has been repeatedly assured by the State as well Central BJP leadership and had even been incorporated by the saffron party in its election manifesto released during 2014 elections. While it took no initiative during its 3 ½ year rule in J&K over the subject, it tried to pacify the people by its persistent rhetoric that post re-organization era would witness priority delimitation of Assembly seats in J&K with a higher number of such seats for Jammu region in the new set up.
It was given to understand that immediate steps would be taken upon conversion of State into UT for Delimiting the Assembly constituencies, increase in the number of seats, rotation of reserved seats, reservation of STs etc which will be followed by early elections in the newly created UT. He regretted that despite lapse of five and half months, the Govt had failed to even come out with any proposed for delimitation exercise and further maintained a studied, intriguing silence over the issue of holding elections in the new UT.
Calling upon the Central visiting Ministers to come out with an authentic official stand of the Centre over the said issues, Singh said that incongruous and divergent statements made by their party leadership over these subjects had only made the confusion worse confounded besides evoking cynicism amongst the masses. He said rather than making any announcement over the subject, the BJP leadership was issuing veiled threats to NPP leaders to desist from seeking delimitation of Assembly constituencies.