Shiv Sena demands restoration of statehood status for J&K

Leaders of Shiv Sena addressing a press conference in Jammu.
Leaders of Shiv Sena addressing a press conference in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Due to decreasing popularity of the BJP leaders in state there seems to be no possibility of holding Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Meanwhile, the slogan of ‘One Nation, One Election’ is also not likely to be effective in Jammu and Kashmir, said Manish Sahni, President Shiv Sena J&K unit.
Addressing a press conference here today, Sahni said that the Central Government is not providing any positive indications for the restoration of democratic process and statehood in Jammu and Kashmir, thus indicating that the restoration of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir does not seem feasible in the near future. The main reason for this is the decreasing popularity of the BJP leaders in the state, he added.
Sahni said that the BJP’s “One Nation, One Election” campaign is not working to eliminate the anger of the people towards the state leaders. He mentioned that even the High Court has taken serious note of the delay in the restoration of democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir and had questioned the Central Government. In response, the Modi Government has shifted all responsibility to the Election Commission. While it is no secret who the Election Commission works under, the Central Government has also not provided any specific timeline for the restoration of full statehood.
Sahni stated the ground reality is that the BJP has lost the trust of the people in Jammu and Kashmir. Since the abrogation of Article 370, there has been no significant improvement in the ground situation, and in such a scenario, the BJP wants to keep its narrative on Article 370 strong until the Lok Sabha elections.
“The BJP is trying out new strategies to postpone the elections, sensing the anger of the people, and the longer the delay in elections, the bigger the defeat will be,” he added.
The President of the Women’s Wing, Meenakshi Chhibbar, Chairman Rakesh Gupta, General Secretary Vikas Bakshi, Vice Presidents , Sanjeev Kohli, Mamta Devi , Prabhari Ashwani Prabhakar, Sanjeev Sharma were also present during the conference.