Tony strongly advocates for statehood restoration before Assembly elections

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 18: Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and District Development Council (DDC) Member Suchetgarh Taranjit Singh Tony has strongly reiterated his demand for restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory before holding of the Assembly elections.
In a statement issued to media here today, the senior AAP leader said that now that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted at International fora that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government has brought peace to J&K and even the Home Minister Amit Shah claims that terrorists have been eliminated and complete peace has been established here besides the same assertion continuously by the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Army, Police and Para Military forces, so there is no reason at all left with the Election Commission of India (ECI) for not holding Assembly elections in J&K.
Tony said that the elections are being delayed just for the reason that BJP is now fearing defeat in J&K due to its anti people policies having been forcibly thrust upon the people of this fragile region. “Not only this, it has crossed all the limits now by handing over the task of recruitment examination to the black listed company and thus playing with the future of the youth of J&K,” he said, adding that this clearly shows that BJP is sensing its unprecedented defeat awaiting the elections due to its misrule through proxy governance by the LG Administration in this Union Territory.
The senior AAP leader said that postponement of Satwari Cantonment elections is the glaring proof of the BJP’s fret and fear of miserably losing every election including the Assembly elections in J&K.
Tony said that elections are inevitable and the sooner these are held the better it would be. However, he demanded that before holding of the Assembly elections, the Government must restore the statehood to J&K. He added that the elections to Panchayats or PRIs can’t be a substitute for Assembly elections.