JAMMU, SEP 12: A delegation of JKNPP led by Chairman and Former Minister Harsh Dev Singh called upon Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh here today and submitted him a memorandum highlighting in particular the grievances of the people of Jammu region and seeking equitable treatment for the highly deprived and neglected Dogra Land.
Hailing the endeavours made by the Home Minister for restoration of peace and normalcy, the JKNPP offered its full support in all such initiatives so that peace returns to the trouble-torn state at the earliest. While condemning violence in all forms, the JKNPP called for honest appraisal of the factors that have led to deterioration of law and order breakdown of administrative machinery and collapse of socio-politico-constitutional system in the state.
The Party felt that lack of political will, disregard for public sentiment, betrayal of people’s aspirations by BJP-PDP, coupled with burgeoning corruption, maladministration, utter lack of Accountability and Transparency have created a situation which can at best be described as “constitutional failure” within the meaning and scope of Section 92 of the State constitution calling for imposition of Governor’s Rule. The Party also expressed that as long as the unethical alliance continues in the state, Home Minister’s efforts may not yield the desired dividend.
The JKNPP said that Jammu region has immensely suffered due to turmoil in Kashmir. It is not only deprived of normal governance and routine administrative operations but also of the essence of democracy. The Jammu region was deprived of democratic dispensation for full seven years from 1989 to 1996 which period witnessed turmoil in Kashmir. Despite a peaceful Jammu region, the democratic institutions were made defunct with no elections held for 7 years. There is a growing demand from various quarters for re-organization of the state and creation of separate states for Jammu and Kashmir with a Union territory for Ladakh which needs to be given due consideration, JKNPP leaders said, demanding delimitation of Assembly constituencies as mentioned by the BJP-PDP in the “Agenda of Alliance”.
The leaders also demanded early action for immediate deportation of Rohingyas in Jammu region, repeal of Art 35A, redressal of issues of West Pak Refugees & POJK migrants, Industrial Promotion in Jammu region, reduction of duration of J&K Assembly from six to five years, curtailment in size of ministry as a measure of Austerity, elections of Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats, re-instatement of 229 Wireless Operators terminated by the J&K Police
The members of the delegation included Balwant Singh Mankotia, Yash Paul Kundal, Anita Thakur, Manju Singh, Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Paramjit Marshall, Shanker Singh Chib and Rash Paul Singh.