BJP govt depriving people of democratic right by deferring Assembly polls: Monga

BJP govt depriving people of democratic right by deferring Assembly polls: Monga

Srinagar: The Congress leader G N Monga on Friday said that by deferring Assembly polls in the state, the BJP government is depriving the people of JK their democratic right. While terming the extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir as “BJP-RSS ploy”, Monga in a statement said that sense of alienation among the people in the state has increased under the BJP government.
“Having an elected government is the democratic right of the people,” Monga said. Reiterating the need for an early elections, the Congress leader said the delaying it amounts to subversion of democracy. “The Supreme Court had ruled that elections to legislative assemblies in states, where they are prematurely dissolved, should be held within a period of six months. With the period of six months expiring on May 21 in Jammu and Kashmir, the elections to the legislative assembly should have been held within the time frame prescribed by the apex court and a popular government installed before the stipulated deadline,” he said. Monga said the root cause of the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state was the PDP-BJP coalition, which was an alliance of ideologically incompatible people. “The BJP-RSS is experimenting in the sensitive state for their own political benefits and it could prove counter-productive. Democracy could not be held hostage to the political expediencies of the ruling party at New Delhi,” he said.
“If Parliament, ULB and panchayat polls could be held in the state, what is the logic behind not holding assembly elections?” he asked. The Congress leader said it is not in the interest of people in the state and the country that Governor’s rule should continue in Jammu and Kashmir.