Harsh Dev Asks BJP To Introduce Bill On Delimitation

5 April 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh today sought the introduction of the Bill for delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the ongoing Budget session. 'It is high time that the coalition government initiates measures for removal of regional imbalances and end of regional bias in conformity with its promises made during the elections,' Harsh Dev said. He said delimitation of constituencies which forms a part of the Common Minimum Programme deserves a priority consideration with its passage in the current Budget session itself. The JKNPP chairman said any delay in the matter would only amount to denial in view of the uncertainty hovering over the head of the present coalition. Asking the BJP to shun its 'submissive approach' and to 'assert', Harsh Dev said the coalition partner PDP had already embarked upon the accomplishment of its core agenda by delivering its massage to the Kashmir region. He further said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had spelled out his priorities on the day one of the government formation with subsequent announcements regarding rehabilitation of surrendered militants, release of political prisoners, raking up of Afzal Guru issue, talks with Pakistan, Hurriyat and other separatist leaders and holding of unified command meet followed by civil military conference for realising phase-wise revocation of the AFSPA from the state and so on. Harsh Dev said people were still eagerly awaiting a statement from the BJP regarding the settlement of the West Pak refugees' issues as promised by it by granting them state subject rights, voting rights in the Assembly besides right to government jobs. He cautioned the BJP that any departure from its promises would evoke stiff resistance from the people of the Jammu region who would be forced to take to agitation course. He also warned the BJP to desist from succumbing to the dictates of its coalition partner on crucial issues as any further surrender on its core agenda could disfigure its image.