JAMMU: Slamming BJP for redefining democracy in Jammu and Kashmir in the ongoing elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULB), Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Thursday said the unopposed passage of candidates from increasing number of civic wards in the Valley is unheard of in a democratic polity.
“The democracy appears to by the BJP, of the BJP and for the BJP”, Rana said while welcoming youngsters in National Conference Students Union at a function held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
Rana said the election process is bewildering for the political analysts as such a scenario had never ever been witnessed in the State. He said the political rigidity of the BJP has made mockery of these elections.
Taking jibe at the BJP for describing unopposed victory of several of its candidates as historic, the Provincial President observed that it will be interesting to watch winners operating on ground zero from police lines and other secured places carved out for them.
Rana also dwelt upon a volley of subjects, the state subject laws in particular, and said that any attempt of diluting the legacy of Maharaja Hari Singhji will be fought by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions with full might. He said the people of the state will always remain indebted to the Maharaja for showing immense degree of vision in safeguarding their interests, rights and the special entity.
The Provincial President came down heavily on the BJP for its orchestrated campaign against National Conference for opposing the clandestine moves of repealing Article 35A, which is a constitutional guarantee to the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for preserving their distinct identity and dignity, irrespective of religion or caste. He said any such move will be detrimental to overall interests of the state in general and the people of Jammu in particular. He said a growing consciousness is dawning upon the people of Jammu with regard to their rights and the likely subjugation they might suffer in the event of state subject laws dispensed with.
During the event, organised by Iftikar Ahmed Choudhary President Student Wing Jammu Province, senior leaders Abdul Gani Malik, Rattan Lal Gupta and Dr Chaman Lal Gupta also addressed and welcomed the new entrants.
Among those present on the occasion included senior leaders and former legislators Brij Mohan Sharma Vice President Jammu Province and Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Provincial Secretary.
Those who joined the students wing included Adnan Ahmad Bhat, Ishtyak, Naik, Ashfaq Ahmad, Sajid Haider Malik, Amir Iqbal, Mahesh. Bakshi, Shubam Bhagat, Saqib Rafi, Baber Hussain and Mohd Akram.
Also present at the function were Reeta Gupta, Dilshad Malik, Abdul Gani Teli, Vijay Lochan and Som Raj Tarloch.