Srinagar, Sep 18: While the people of the state are rejoicing the decision of the Central Government to not to surrender to the dictates of Kashmiri politicians who till now have been managing to have their ways by “blackmailing” or forcing the centre to succumb to their dictates, the Kashmir-centric parties continue to resist the devolution of power to the lowest echelons of democracy on one pretext or the other stated Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson of BJP in a statement
“The people at large are celebrating the state government’s decision to go ahead and conduct the local bodies and panchayat elections. The electoral process has been set in motion by announcing the election-schedule by the CEO. However, the Kashmir-centric parties sticking to their decision of boycott have termed the decision of the government as ‘arrogance of state power.’ Kashmir Province President of NC has said that “now we would like to see the relevance of these elections”, despite the fact that two mainstream parties have boycotted it. “
Brig Gupta reminded the NC of 1951 elections to the Constituent Assembly which were boycotted by the PrajaParishad of Jammu and Sheikh Abdullah decided to go ahead with the elections with NC winning 75/75 seats unopposed. If those elections were considered perfectly relevant, then how can the relevance of these elections be questioned, asked Brig Gupta?
“The fact is that NC right from its inception has been an autocratic party which later became a dynastic party. Sheikh Abdullah always wanted to govern J&K as a ‘party state’. His slogan was ‘One Party. One Leader, One Programme’” stated Brig Gupta.
Even now the party leadership has completely ignored the wishes and sentiments of its workers by announcing the boycott. It should have been left for the people to decide. The cadres in Jammu and Ladakh have been taken for granted and their interest totally overlooked by both the NC and PDP just for the sake of “dynastic interests”, accused the spokesperson. “Is the state arrogant or these political parties who for the sake of their dynasties stymied the wish of the majority who want to be part of this historic exercise but left them with no option,” questioned Brig Gupta.
Much against their wishes Kashmiris are being forced and coerced by these parties to prevent them from exercising their democratic right.
Complementing the Governor for not falling in their trap by ignoring their demand for consultations or All Party Meet, Brig Gupta said that it wouldn’t have served any purpose. As in the past, all these Kashmir-centric parties would have got together and forced the Governor to abandon the democratic process and prevented the empowerment of grass-root level democratic institutions, asserted Brig Gupta. “What is the fun of talking to so-called mainstream parties when they begin to parrot the language of separatists? It is sheer arrogance against democracy and deserves condemnation from all quarters,” said Brig Gupta.
Reasons by GoI to suspend cross-LoC trade highly indefensible: Soz
Srinagar, April 23: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were highly untenable and indefensible.
“PM Modi wants to promote propaganda for Election 2019 and tries to bring in Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination”, Soz said in a statement here.
He alleged that since everything is happening at the behest of Prime Ministers Office (PMO), stopping the LOC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a “trickery” aimed at the Election-2019.
Two electrocuted to death in Poonch
Srinagar, April 23: A police constable and a civilian died due to short circuit of 33KV transformer at Chungan Chroon area of Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday early morning.
Reports said that a constable (Follower) in JK police identified as Faiz son of Mohd Sharif age 40 year and a civilian Mohd Shabir son of Ab Rahim age 38 year died on the spot after they came in touch with a live wire.
SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar also confirmed to a news agency that two people including a cop and civilian was dead when they came in touch with live wire after there was a short circuit in a Transfer. Meanwhile, SHO Mendhar also rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
World Book day celebrated at Sgr, Kup
Srinagar, April 23: To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar.
The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.
Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts, paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.
Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.
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