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Karan for holding elections to fill ‘gap between people, govt’

JAMMU: Flagging the lack of communication between the public and the bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader and former Sadr-i-Riyasat Karan Singh on Tuesday called for conducting assembly elections in the region to address this issue.

Besides the return of an elected government, Singh also demanded restoration of statehood to the Union Territory.

Singh said that more than three years have passed since the union government abrogated Article 370 and split the erstwhile state into two Union territories and more than four and a half year have passed since Jammu and Kashmir is ruled by bureaucrats.

However, there is a communication gap that has persisted between general public and the bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir, Singh noted.

Asserting that bureaucrats can never replace the elected public representatives who were the link between people and the government, Singh said listening to people’s problems is not the job of bureaucracy.

“This gap needs to be filled, and this can be done only by an elected government. This is why the government needs to hold assembly elections soon,” he said.

On BJP’s claims of getting back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Singh said that the same was not possible without a war and the government must decide if it is ready for a war.




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