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Fearing it’s defeat, BJP avoid elections in J & K deliberately: Press Release CPI Kashmir State Council (Aug 22, 2022)

Friday 26 August 2022

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA

Kashmir State Council

Press Release

Fearing it’s defeat, BJP avoid elections in J & K deliberately: CPI

Srinagar, August 22: Communist Party of India (Jammu and Kashmir) held its 15th state conference in Srinagar on Sunday.

Former Rajya Sabha member Com. Aziz Pasha and Com. Annie Raja, National Executive member CPI and general secretary National Federation of Indian Women attended the conference.

During the conference, the party expressed grave concerns over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The growing number of militancy related incidents in the Vally lays bare the normalcy narrative of the BJP government led by Narendra Modi. Such incidents hark back to the troubled nineties when militancy was on its peak in the region.

The spurt in the targeted killings of the members of Kashmiri Pandit community reflects the government’s utter failure to provide protection to the minority community in the Valley.

In absence of a representative government, the people in Jammu and Kashmir are further pushed to the wall and the bureaucratic rule of the last more than four years have only compounded their problems. Getting a whiff of its defeat, the government is continuously avoiding the Assembly elections in the region and is seriously mulling over giving vote rights to the outsiders to ensure its win in the upcoming elections.

The recent statement of Chief Election Officer to give vote rights to 25 lakh new voters, who ordinarily reside in the region is an attempt towards this direction. The government is making every effort to maneuver the situation to its advantage by effecting sweeping changes to the electoral demography of J & K.

The present government has chosen to shut its eyes to the growing unemployment in the region. The graph of unemployment has shot up manifolds since the Central dispensation unilaterally withdrew the special status of J & K.

The scrapping of the recruitment process for the posts of police sub-inspector following the reports of corruption has disappointed thousands of job seekers.

The corruption in the region has reached to the levels never seen before.

In it’s 15th conference, CPI also elected a state council with 15 members and a new state and assistant secretaries.

G. M. Mizrab was elected as the state secretary. Two assistant secretaries including senior party leader Des Raj Manhas were also elected.

During the conference, the party also passed a resolution demanding the roll back of the decision taken on August 5, 2019, restoration of statehood, giving autonomy to the Panchayats and holding the elections without any further delay.

S/d

Office Secretary

Jammu and Kashmir

Communist Party of India

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