Will Move SC For Early Assembly Polls In JK: NPP

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Thursday said the party has decided to move the Supreme Court “for early restoration of the democratically elected government in J&K”.

“Inordinate delay in restoration of democratic government in J&K was not only unconstitutional but also amounted to contempt of the highest Court of the county. The SC, in its 2018 judgment, had ruled that the process of conducting Assembly elections in States, where premature dissolution of lower House took place, needed to be completed within a period of six months,” newspaper The Hindu quoted J&K NPP chairman and former minister, Harsh Dev Singh, as having said.

The J&K Assembly was dissolved on November 21, 2018. “The delay amounted to a violation of the orders of the SC. A contempt petition shall also be filed for unreasonably and unjustifiably failing to hold elections in the State in conformity with the rulings of the SC,” Singh said.

He said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) was uninterested to complete the delimitation exercise fast in J&K. “It is the people who eventually suffer in the absence of an elected representative, who espouse their cause. It is, therefore, a punishment to the people,” The Hindu reported while quoting Singh as having said.

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