JAMMU: Authorities on Monday sealed the office of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) here, drawing strong criticism from its former chairman Harsh Dev Singh who recently rejoined the party after resigning from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Director of Estates department A K Sharma refused to comment on the sealing of the NPP office in Gandhi Nagar.
Singh requested the high court to take a suo moto notice of the sealing before the NPP formally lodges a petition against the action.
“Lt Governor (Manoj Sinha) is working at the behest of BJP which is very unfortunate the high court should take suo moto cognisance of the development as NPP is a recognised party,” Singh said.
He alleged that the sealing is followed by his return to the NPP.
Singh said he joined back the party to revive it and mobilise public support against the Bharatiya Janata Party which is enjoying the support of the lieutenant governor, alleging that even BJP’s ordinary workers and those affiliated with it have been given government accommodation and vehicles.
“NPP will not be cowed down by such actions and will expose and depose the BJP from Jammu region,” he said.
Singh joined AAP in Delhi on May 7, 2022, but resigned as the chairman of its Jammu and Kashmir unit on February 16 to rejoin NPP.
Meanwhile, Vilakshan Singh, President J & K National Panthers Party has strongly condemned the sealing of 30- B Gandhi Nagar Jammu which was being used as party office of J & K National Panthers Party and as residence of Jay Mala after the death of her husband, Prof Bhim Singh, founder of the Party.
Singh said that sealing of office of J & K National Panthers Party is illegal, immoral, inhuman, discriminatory and dictatorial act on the part of UT administration. Singh said that there is no law in the country which empowers the government to evict an occupant without issuing notice to the concerned.
Singh also apprised the media that the government has allotted government accommodation to even unrecognized political parties. Two such parties are Apni Party and Peoples Conference. He questioned if the government accommodation can be provided to unrecognized parties then why the same is being denied to J & K National Panthers Party.
He said that Mrs. Jaya Mala used to reside at 30-B Gandhi Nagar Jammu. She has been rendered homeless by the government without adopting due process of law. He said that valuable assets of Mrs. Jaya Mala and the party are lying in the premises sealed by the government. He expressed doubt that even some of the valuable assets of the party and Mrs. Jaya Mala might have been stolen by the concerned officers.
Singh said that BJP is under tremendous pressure after Harsh Dev Singh announced to rejoin J&K National Panthers Party.
He said that BJP wants to crush the opposition in the entire country so that the genuine voice of people is suppressed and there is no one to question their dictatorial attitude of the government. He said that by resorting to such cheap tactics, BJP won’t be able to demoralize J&K National Panthers Party. He said that the party shall get stronger with such kind of cheap tactics being adopted by the administration.
He said that notwithstanding all illegal pressure being put by BJP through administration, J&K National Panthers Party shall continue to serve the poor and downtrodden. He also said that legal action shall also be taken against the administration for their illegal act.