Jammu: National Democratic Party Indian (NDPI) has accused the BJP of avoiding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and perpetuating direct Central rule. Addressing party workers in a meeting held at Raipur Satwari on Tuesday NDPI Chief Rajesh Gupta Lashing out at central government for abandoning democratic rights of people in J&K to make them unrepresented at every forum, the BJP is denying democratic rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. For how long will they deny assembly elections and restoration of statehood?” said Gupta.
He has demanded holding of early assembly elections in J&K followed by restoration of Statehood. He further added, “they (the BJP) cannot escape from elections forever. If not today or tomorrow, one day they have to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Gupta said NDPI shall continue to fight for constitutional guarantees, protection of land and jobs and will not compromise on the rights of people rather fight vigorously to ensure justice to them (people), besides exposing the political exploitation on the part of BJP. Gupta has accused the BJP of avoiding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and perpetuating direct Central rule.
NDPI president said, “After revocation of the special status and statehood of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, the Centre promised to hold elections in the newly-formed Union Territory after the delimitation exercise to redraw 90 assembly seats. The BJP, in collaboration with the Election Commission, is denying democratic rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP doesn’t want elections here because its support base has shrunk,” said Gupta. NDPI believes grant of full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir as also holding elections so that people are able to elect their representatives instead of a rule by Delhi, is the only way forward to guarantee full democratic right.” Gupta added. Gupta said, “Now it’s for the prime minister and the BJP to decide whether to hold a meeting or to accept the demands of the National Democratic Party Indian, in the interest of the constitution and the people of the state.”
Others who attended the meeting were Umesh Manhas, S.Kuljeet Singh, Tilakraj, Sandeep Anand, Rajiv Luthra and others.