JKNPP urges Governor to dissolve State Assembly
15 December 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Alleging rigging and booth capturing in the recently held by-election in Poonch-Haveli constituency, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today urged the Governor to dissolve the State Assembly to ensure 'free and fair' polls in the Assembly elections due next year. Talking to media-persons here this morning, JKNPP supremo Prof Bhim Singh said 'Congress workers did not only harass the voters but also captured more than 60 polling stations in Poonch- Haveli, where elections were held on December 12', adding 'registration of FIR against Congress candidate clearly indicates that voters were forced to cast votes in the favour of ruling party'. The JKNPP has submitted a memorandum to the Governor Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha urging him to dissolve the State Assembly immediately so that elections are held under Presidentís rule next year, he disclosed and said that JKNPP has also urged the Election Commission to cancel the by-election in view of rigging and incidents of booth capturing. To a question, he said that JKNPP didnít field its candidate in the by-election to Poonch-Haveli constituency as Ďit was not of much importance. He. however, disclosed that his party would field candidates in all the 87 Assembly constituencies in the State during the elections due next year. 'We will not enter into alliance with any regional or national political party as their policies and programmes are not in line with those of National Panthers Party', Prof Singh said and claimed that JKNPP would form next Government in the State after Assembly elections next year. Launching scathing attack on the Coalition Government for its failure to fulfill the commitment made with the people of the State, he said that Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed would get exposed in the elections as both had deceived the people during their Chief Ministership. 'The Coalition Government talked much about Delimitation Commission during these years but no step was initiated to frame the Commission which was also the part of Common Minimum Programme (CMP)', he said. Prof Singh also expressed concern over short budget session and said that this step would deprive the members of the Opposition parties to raise the questions of public importance. 'Pre-poning of the budget session is of no use when Opposition members donít get opportunity to raise the peopleís issues', he added.