The president of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Farooq Abdullah, on Saturday alleged that safety was getting used as a pretext to impede and customise democracy within the Union Territory.
In a two-page letter to J-K Election Commissioner K K Sharma, Mr Abdullah, who’s at current a Lok Sabha member from Srinagar, mentioned offering safety to a choose few and actually interning the remainder is a gross interference in democracy.
“I am taking the liberty of writing to you about the upcoming DDC elections. A strange and a unique feature has come to the fore. Candidates put up by the PAGD are immediately whisked away to ‘secure locations’ in the name of security and confined to those ”secure locations”. They are not allowed to canvass, they are completely out of touch with those from whom they are supposed to seek votes,” Mr Abdullah alleged within the letter.
He mentioned the events’ a part of the PAGD have been in energy up to now and have had the chance to go and run the federal government and are conscious of the challenges posed within the realm of safety in a spot beset by violence.
“These challenges are not new, but have been painfully persisting for the last three decades. But, the government had structures in place which ensured security for all contestants irrespective of the ideology they espoused or the parties they represented,” he mentioned.
The Lok Sabha MP mentioned the present state of affairs within the realm of safety is “blatantly oriented” in direction of offering safety to a choose few and confining others.
“This comes across more as an attempt to interfere in the democratic process than any real concern for the wellbeing of the contestants. Security cannot and should not be used as a tool or an excuse to interfere in democratic processes,” he mentioned.
“Governments come and go. No government has the right to alter the institutional foundations of democracy in J-K, nourished by the sacrifices of thousands of political workers,” the letter learn.
He mentioned whereas safety is a problem and it’s for the federal government of the day to counter that problem in a way which is honest and clear, “providing security to a select few and literally interning the rest is a gross interference in democracy”.