NPP protests, torches effigy of Delimitation Comm, BJP Govt

JKNPP activists staging protest in Jammu on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
JKNPP activists staging protest in Jammu on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 8: Seeking immediate publication of Delimitation report besides equal number of Assembly seats for Jammu and Kashmir regions, a strong contingent of Panthers Party activists led by its chairman Harsh Dev Singh held a protest demonstration in Jammu today and torched the effigy of BJP Govt and Delimitation Commission.

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The angry protestors raised slogans accusing the BJP Govt of colluding with Delimitation Commission in delaying and denying the Assembly elections in J&K to satiate its vested political interests. The NPP leaders cautioned the Govt of dire consequences in case Jammu province was divested of its legitimate political rights.
Alleging subversion of democracy in J&K post Article 370 abrogation, Harsh Dev said that BJP Govt appeared to be averse to the idea of holding Assembly elections in the new set up. Despite having been reported by a sect of media that the Delimitation Commission had completed its draft report, why such hyped report was not put in the public domain as of now. He rued that BJP Govt seemed to be least bothered about holding time bound delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the UT created on August 5, 2019.
“While the BJP regime was drum beating over the issue of delimitation and increase of seats for Jammu, the fact remained that it had failed to initiate any concrete action except constitution of Delimitation Commission which too has been dancing to the tunes of Saffron party. He said the rumours were agog that the BJP was persuading the Delimitation Commission to delay the process so as to deny elections in J&K and continue to run its proxy rule in J&K”, Singh said.
He said that a deputation of NPP had very well apprised the Commission about the facts during its visit to J&K earlier this year. “We had submitted the plea to the Commission that there should be at least parity between the Assembly seats of both the regions. Keeping this in view, out of proposed 90 Assembly seats to be reorganized, carved and recreated in the entire UT of J&K, 45 each should be allocated to both Jammu and Kashmir regions. Our plea was endorsed by the Commission. It must act and deliver now”, Harsh divulged.