Suspension of Assembly extra-constitutional: NPP

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J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) activists Monday held a massive protest demonstration near Parliament at Jantar-Mantar in Union capital seeking immediate dissolution of the State Assembly followed by fresh elections in the larger interest of the democracy.

The protestors were headed by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman JKNPP and former Minister, Balwant Singh Mankotia, State President JKNPP and Yashpal Kundal, State President Young Panthers.

The protesters assembled at Jantar Mantar in the morning and after holding a massive demonstration proceeded towards Parliament House where they were restrained by the police and stopped from proceeding further. 

Addressing media, Harsh Dev Singh disclosed that following the demise of the incumbent Chief Minister the Governor Rule had been imposed in the state of J&K for nearly 70 days amid continuance of political logjam created by the coercive approach adopted by BJP led Central government.

He pointed out that Governor had sought a concrete reply from both the PDP and the BJP over the government formation on plethora of occasions i.e first on 7th January this year, second on 31st January anticipating the response within two days time, third on 2nd February in which the PDP had put forth unwarranted conditions for negotiating an alliance while the BJP preferred to implore ten days to review the conditions, fourth on 12th February and fifth on 3rd March.

He said that the repeated opportunities given by the Governor were used by PDP and BJP to buy further time and thereby to keep the Assembly in suspended animation in defiance of constitutional provisions and Parliamentary precedents.

Terming the prolonged suspension of J&K Assembly as extra-constitutional, Mr. Harsh Dev maintained that with none of the ex-allies “agreeing” or “disagreeing” to form the government, putting conditions or buying time on the invitation of the Governor to his office only ridiculed the sanctity of a constitutional and democratic apparatus.

He said that Governor’s office could not be used as a forum by political parties for negotiations and settlement of their political agendas.

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