Lok Sabha adopted a statutory resolution, approving the proclamation of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir and the central government said it is ready for holding elections in the militancy hit state.
“Hum elections ke liye tayar haen (We are ready for elections in the state),” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the House after members expressed their views on the resolution.
The Minister clarified that the polls will have to be conducted by the Election Commission and not by the centre.
He assured that the members including the likes of Dr Farooq Abdullah of National Conference and Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge that the Union Home Ministry is ready to provide all assistance in meeting the security requirements of the Election Commission to conduct the
Mr Singh said every Indian wants early solution to the problems in Jammu and Kashmir.
To supplementary queries raised by Mr Kharge, the Home Minister said:”As long as our government is there, nothing wrong will be allowed to be done in the state”.
“Koi bhi galat ya, a-naitik kaam nahi hongey (Nothing wrong and unethical will be done there),”
he said in response to Mr Kharge’s observation that perhaps some unwanted ‘elements’ will be encouraged to become Chief Minister there.
Home Minister said imposition of Governor’s Rule in June and President’s Rule subsequently from December 19 was proclaimed only after there was no alternative choice left and no party came forward to form or cobble together an alliance government.
Mr Singh said at a time when there were media reports suggesting that National Conference, PDP and Congress were keen to come together to form government in the state, senior Congress
leader Ghulam Nabi Azad maintained Congress was not willing to try such endeavours.
“This convinced me also that no one is willing to form an alternative or alliance government
there,” the Home Minister said amid objections from Congress members such as K C Venugopal.
He said on the part of BJP no efforts were made to form an alliance government and that “no one should question the intent of the NDA government in the centre”.
“May be individuals have tried, but nothing from our side,” Mr Singh said.
The House also witnessed lighter moments for a while when Rajnath Singh said perhaps the Congress leader Mr Kharge was “not interested” about developmental works in the state.
Some Congress members including Mr Kharge and K C Venugopal – however – took exceptions to the remark.
At one point, Mr Singh intervened and stopped BJP members to enter an argument with Farooq Abdullah saying a senior member need not be countered always.