NPP protests at Jantar-Mantar, seeks restoration of statehood

JKNPP activists staging protest in Delhi on Friday.
JKNPP activists staging protest in Delhi on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Mar 11: Seeking restoration of Statehood to J&K and holding early Assembly elections, scores of J&K Panthers Party activists led by its chairman, Harsh Dev Singh held a protest demonstration at Jantar-Mantar in New Delhi today.
The angry protesters raised anti-BJP slogans, holding it responsible for escalation of militancy in J&K. They tried to march towards Parliament but were stopped by a strong contingents of Police which raised several barricades on the road. The protestors raised anti-govt slogans amidst resistance with cops during demonstration.
Speaking to the media, Harsh Dev reiterated the demand of restoration of Statehood to J&K and maintained that a legitimate elected govt alone was the panacea to the ills afflicting J&K. He said that on Aug 5, 2019, the BJP led Govt at the Centre had caused the greatest embitterment in the hearts and minds of the people by denigrating the status of statehood to a Union Territory.
Singh said that it was the only ‘Dogra state’ in the country which was created by our revered rulers and extended with countless sacrifices made by Dogra warriors. He said the past two and a half years witnessed massive public uprisings against the anti people policies of the ruling dispensation besides recurrent episodes of terrorists strikes and violence. “Not only had the incidents of political and civilian killings in J&K increased but the hitherto peaceful areas like Udhampur had also become vulnerable under the present ‘Babu Raj’.
The economy was worst hit and development had come to a standstill. The arrogant and power intoxicated BJP continued to use the coercive apparatus of state to silence all those who dared raise their voice for justice and sought fulfilment of promises made by it during elections. Every sect of the society is suffering. The youth are on the roads, may it be daily wagers of all the departments, Contractual employees, SPOs and Home guards, NHM employees, ASHA/Anganwadi workers, Dental surgeons, Contractual teachers and lecturers, NHM employees, NYCs, NYVs, MGNREGA labourers etc. The farmers, the border dwellers, the traders including shopkeepers and businessmen all have been bearing the brunt of apathetic and callous attitude of the bureaucracy which is ruling the roost in absence of the popular Government”, Harsh Dev added.