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Manjit Singh demands restoration of statehood, holding of assembly elections in J&K

Vijaypur,March 01 (Scoop News)-Apni Party on Friday took out a massive protest demonstration in Vijaypur town, demanding restoration of statehood and holding of Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hundreds of people, businessmen, ex-PRIs, and prominent people and the Party leaders, who participated in the protest rally, were led by the Apni Party Provincial President, Jammu, and Former Minister, S. Manjit Singh in the town.

The peaceful demonstration was taken out from the market area amid slogans for the restoration of democratic system while the protesters were carrying banners in support of their demands.

As the anger among the people has grown, and the Election Commission of India has yet to take call on the holding of polls in J&K, the Apni Party held the protest to highlight the popular demands of the people who were deprived of their democratic rights and left to the mercy of inefficient and adamant bureaucracy.

“The nationalist people of Jammu and Kashmir have constantly been demanding holding of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir that has been snatched from the historic erstwhile state by downgrading it into two Union Territories,” said the Former Minister, while addressing a huge protest rally that was taken in the Vijaypur town of Samba District today.

Accompanied by the public representatives of different walks of life, he said that the people have decided to come on the roads so that the Govt and the Election Commission of India could wake up from the deep slumber which has delayed the elections without citing reasons and played with the emotions of the people.

“The people in both the regions of J&K have similar demands to hold elections and restore democracy because the bureaucracy has almost paralyzed the functioning in Govt Departments public interest as the gap between the present regime and the public has widened in an unprecedented manner,” he stated while urging the Govt of India for the restoration of statehood.

He further referred to the issues of the Displaced Persons/Refugees who have yet to be granted land rights on the Custodian land even as they have lived there for the last seven decades.

While addressing the protesters, he stated that the pending demands of the DPs/Refugees should be accepted by granting them proprietary rights on the Custodian land.

He also demanded release of the pending package amount i.e., Rs 25 lakhs for each DP/Refugee family in Jammu and Kashmir that was sanctioned by the then Govt of India.

“Out of total Rs 25 lakhs, the Govt of India has only released Rs 5.5 lakhs for the DPs/Refugees whereas the pending amount has not been released,” he said, while asking the Govt to consider the pending demands of the DPs/Refugees who were forced to abandon their houses and resettle in the allotted lands in border areas of Jammu region.

He also demanded an employment package and special recruitment for the border residents of the International Border as well as the Line of Control.

“The youth of border areas should be recruited in the Indian Army, paramilitary and J&K Police in a special on the spot recruitment by the authorities so that they do not get indulged in anti-social activities or drug addiction that has destroyed families in the border belt,” he added.

He said that the farmers issues like waiving off the KCC loan, canal water up to the tail-end villages along International Border, round the close electricity should be supplied to the farmers so that they can operate their water pumps to irrigate their fields.

The prominent people in the protest also addressed the hundreds of people who had gathered to express their resentment against the Election Commission of India for delaying the polls, and not declaring the assembly elections.

District President, Raman Thappa, SC State President, Bodh Raj Bhagat, OBC State President Bhagat Ram, Apni Trade Union J&K President, Ajaz Kazmi, SC State General Secretary, Capt. Joginder Lal, J&K Vice President Youth Wing, Vishal Nariana, Provincial President, Jammu, SC Wing, Lovely Mangol, District President, Samba, Legal Cell, Sahil Bharti, J&K Apni Party’s Transport Provincial President, Tirath Singh, Senior Vice President Jammu Urban, Vaibhav Mattoo, Vice President of Women Wing, Neelam, Provincial Secretaries of Women Wing, Sheetal Sharma and Shikha Bhardwaj, District President Youth Wing, Samba, Mangat Ram, District President Youth Urban, Jammu, Shubam Choudhary and others were part of the protest demonstration.
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