Restore statehood in J&K before Assembly polls: Bukhari

Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show the political will and take necessary follow-through action by restoring Statehood before holding Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a felicitation-cum-interactive session with DDC members, independent affiliates and the unsuccessful contestants of the Party’s Kashmir province at its office in Lal Chowk Srinagar today, Bukhari congratulated the people of J&K for their overwhelming participation in the DDC elections exemplifying the level of their commitment to a vibrant democracy.

He said the recently concluded elections should be a reason for the Government of India to ponder over and explore viable possibilities for J&K’s progressive, respectful and accommodative association while restoring Statehood and preserving the peoples’ domicile rights on their land and jobs.

Apni Party president stated that people in all the regions and subregions of J&K are unhappy with the Union Territory status and feel completely disgruntled and disempowered within the existing administrative structure.

“The massive participation of the people in the DDC elections is reflective of their innate desire for a real democratic structure available to the residents of other States in the country wherein the people are the masters of their own decisions,” he added.

Bukhari said that the Government of India should respect the peoples’ forceful demonstration of their resilience and commitment to a democratic system and reciprocate with the restoration of Statehood to J&K as soon as possible.

“The Governor rule or any bureaucratic regime for that matter can never be a substitute, even to a worst popular Government in place. People in J&K are suffering because there are no public representatives available to them who could make the officers accountable for their responsibilities,” he remarked.

Bukhari said that the developmental activities in J&K have come to a standstill since last year and the present dispensation should try to redress issues of the common masses.

The event was also addressed by Party senior vice president Ghulam Hassan Mir, vice president Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, vice president Usman Majid, Party general secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, chief coordinator Abdul Majeed Padder, senior leaders Dilawar Mir, Provincial president Mohammad Ashraf Mir, State secretary Muntazir Mohi-u-Din, Media advisor Farooq Andrabi, Provincial secretaries Javed Ahmad Mirchal, Nazi Ahmad Dailgami, Abdul Rashid Haroon and others.

Meanwhile, DDC Member from Chitragam in Shopian Nigeen Akhtar today joined Apni Party here in presence of party president Altaf Bukhari along with her supporters. Bukhari welcomed the new entrant into the party fold.