Srinagar, July 09: Presidential candidate of the opposition and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha Saturday said J&K is facing injustice and only a limited people knew this fact that the Government of India has “strangulated the left out democracy in J&K.”
Sinha said there is no state in the country where elections have not been conducted for the period of four years and where the people have been deprived of the representation.
“Jammu and Kashmir is facing injustice and only a limited number of people are knowledgeable about the fact that GoI has strangulated the left out democracy in J&K,” Sinha said.
Sinha, who was accompanied by National Conference (NC) president Dr. Farooq Abdullah, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Congress leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir, CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami and representatives from other political parties both in Jammu and Kashmir.
Presidential opposition candidate, Yashwant Sinha asserted if he was elected, his priority will be to convince the government to resolve the Kashmir issue permanently.
He demanded restoration of statehood to JK and said free and fair assembly polls must be conducted at an earliest.
“I am opposed to the forcible and manipulative changes in J&K, the central government has failed to fulfil its promise to create an atmosphere for safe return of Kashmiri Pandits. The promise must be fulfilled. J&K people have suffered a lot and their desire for peace must be fulfilled,” Sinha, who is campaigning for the presidential elections, said.
He said that if he is elected as president, one of his priorities will be to urge the government to take necessary steps to resolve the Kashmir issue permanently and restore peace, justice, normalcy, democracy and end the hostility towards J&K.
He further said, “This is the second time the people in J&K would not be able to participate in the presidential polls.”
He also said that his campaign would have been incomplete had he not visited Kashmir. “I get disappointed when I observe the situation here, which is contrary to the government claims,” he added.
“GoI is disseminating fake propaganda across the country that all is well in Kashmir. However, after visiting here and ascertaining the situation with open eyes, all claims proved hoax,” he said.
Sinha said his visit to J&K was to express solidarity with the people of J&K.
“It is very regrettable that the Supreme Court has not even heard the case related to Article 370 and 37 (A) nearly 3 years after the law was repealed.” He added, the delay in the hearing erodes the credibility of the apex court.
He at the occasion expressed regret over the loss of lives in Amarnath cloudburst that occurred on July 8 in Baltal areas of Ganderbal district and urged upon the Government to come forward with facts about the loss of lives in the cloudburst incident.