Ahead of Prime Minister’s Visit to Jammu tomorrow, several opposition parties, especially Congress, NC, CPIM, CPI, IDP DSS and other social organizations today jointly called for immediate restoration of statehood and restoration of democracy through early Assembly elections after a total review of the draft delimitation report.
Addressing a joint Press Conference at Press Club here today, Senior leaders of Congress, National Conference, CPIM, CPI, IDP besides different social organizations, including Dogra Sadar Sabha, J&K Labana Sabha, J&K Refugee Forum and others, forcefully demanded the restoration of statehood and asked the Prime Minister to announce in this regard in Jammu tomorrow.
Furthermore, they demanded that Assembly elections be held at the earliest, following the delimitation but only after revisiting and reviewing the draft report, which is unfair and unjust and unacceptable in its present form.
While addressing the media persons from the joint platform of different political-social organizations ‘’All parties United Morcha” in the presence of Former MP and veteran politician Sheikh Abdul Rehman (Patron All Parties United Morcha), Senior leaders representing NC-Sheikh Bashir Ahmed and Ram Paul (former Legislators) Congress leader and former legislator Ved Mahajan, Hari Singh-Regional Secretary CPIM, IDP- Mr I.D. Khajuria and Narinder Khajuria, Prof. Vidya Sagar Sharma (DSS) and representatives of CPI, Com. Sukh Dev Singh, Sdr. Nirmal Singh (Labana Baradari) and others, JKPCC Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said that different political and social organizations had come together to raise a united voice over certain basic issues confronting the people of Jammu and Kashmir at present and work together to secure these goals which include,
- Restoration of full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, as committed on the floor of the Parliament, without any further delay.
- Revisit and Total review the draft report of the delimitation Commission to make it fair and just to the ground realities and geographical situations following the settled norms of delimitation as the present draft report is unacceptable in the present form and rejected by a vast majority of the people.
- Restoration of Democracy by holding Assembly elections at the earliest possible under statehood.
Mr Sharma said that these are the basic issues upon which there is complete unanimity amongst the participating parties and organizations but almost all people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said we are also committed to standing together to the fundamental principle of unity in diversity upon which mutual co-existence, peace, harmony and brotherhood are maintained. Therefore, we strongly denounce the attempts by the communal and fundamentalist forces to vitiate the atmosphere of peace and communal harmony and reject the politics of hate.
Mr Sharma said that the different political parties and other organizations have their respective agendas and goals for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and shall continue to do so on their own without diluting their respective stand on any issue, but for the common goal of the people, at this crucial juncture, these basic issues will continue to guide us further.
There are other equally significant and vital issues which shall be dealt with in due course of time by the political parties and organizations, but at present, we are seeking the immediate restoration of statehood, a fair delimitation exercise and early assembly elections under statehood.