Restore democratic process in J&K: Harsh

NPP chairman, Harsh Dev Singh at a meeting in Jammu on Saturday.
NPP chairman, Harsh Dev Singh at a meeting in Jammu on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
MAJALTA, Jan 25: Re-iterating the demand for early restoration of democracy in J&K and holding of early Assembly polls, NPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh, today said that the erstwhile state was being illogically and illegitimately deprived of popular Govt in violation of constitutional guarantees as well as the ‘obiter dicta’ laid down by the Apex court over the subject.
“A remote controlled system of governance could not be the solution for woes and sufferings of the people of J&K. Its the local leaders and local Ministers and elected MLAs who could better address the concerns of their people and bail them out from their sufferings and pains”, said Singh.
The politicians and ministers from outside the state, despite their best of efforts, could not be the substitute for legitimate, elected Govt which alone could address the peculiar problems of the new set up in J&K”, asserted Singh. He was addressing public meetings in village Baryalta and Bilaspur in Tehsil Majalta of Ramnagar constituency today.
Taking a dig at the centre’s move of deputing a team of Ministers to J&K to educate the people over Art 370 abrogation and withdrawal of special status, Singh said that J&K residents knew more about Art 370, its advantages or disadvantages than those who belonged to other states. He said that majority of the visiting ministers had merely read about the said law in books and media but the people of J&K had lived and experienced the law.
“They had gone through the unique experience in the country of having been subjected to two different sets of laws, two constitutions and two flags. There was no need, as such, to lecture them on the so called benefits of scrapping the said Article. If at all, the Central Ministers had any role in the changed set up, it was to enact a law on domicile for the residents of J&K so as to save their lands and Jobs.
Questioning the inordinate delay in holding Assembly elections the new UT, the NPP Chairman said that the centre’s proxy rule in J&K was antithetical to democracy and amounted to subversion of the constitution.