Coup In Panthers Party, Bhim Singh Ousted

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Saturday removed its patron and founder Professor Bhim Singh from all important posts for meeting the leaders of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) here on Saturday.

Singh, who formed JKNPP, the Jammu based political party in March 1982, was removed from party’s important positions by his nephew and party Chairman Harsh Dev Singh.

“Party has decided to remove Bhim Singh from the post of NPP’s patron. He had gone to meet PAGD in his individual capacity. Hence, Bhim Singh will have no right in decision making of the party in future. He has been removed from all the posts of the party and furthermore he has grown old and doesn’t know what he talks,” JKNPP chairman said.

He said that Panthers party will fight for the rights of Jammu region and the party leadership will shortly sit together and decide the future course of action. He added that his party stands for the country and does not support any anti-India move.

“It is nationalist, secular and democratic party which takes along all people alone in Jammu region from all religious communities,” he added.

Without naming any leaders or parties that are part of People Alliance, JKNPP chairman said that his party has no placed for those people who support an “anti-national agenda.”

He also alleged that leaders who are part of the PAGD never spoke or represent Jammu Muslims.

“JKNPP will be reframed with new office bearers to give new shape for take-up fight of the people of Jammu region,” he added.

Meanwhile, after meeting PAGD leaders at Dr Farooq’s Bhatindi residence, Bhim Singh in a press conference said that he did not endorse support to restoration of special status and instead sought an end to draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).

Singh said he was invited over morning tea by Abdullah.

In a release, the NPP patron said Abdullah sought his views to resolve the present crisis in Jammu and Kashmir. He added that he told the senior Kashmiri leadership that he stands for restoration of statehood without delay with all fundamental rights provided in the Constitution.

He said that he and the Panthers Party have been pleading with the President to convene a meeting of the Parliament to reconsider the restoration of Article 370 on merits.

“That the Panthers Party stood for restoration of fundamental rights to all the residents of J&K which was possible only after removal of Article 35-A which was valid only for six months as it was issued by the President of India in 1934,” he said.

The fundamental rights in J&K stand hampered because of Article 35-A. This is the Panther Party’s stand that residents of J&K should be provided all fundamental rights without delay,” the statement quoted him as saying.

It said the Panthers Party is opposing the application of J&K Public Safety Act which has become invalid after the removal of Article 35-A.

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