J&K's democracy is being undermined by an excessively long wait in conducting assembly elections, says Sagar
J&K's democracy is being undermined by an excessively long wait in conducting assembly elections, says Sagar

The lack of an elected administration has made matters worse for the populace and increased unaccountability.

25 September, Srinagar: Ali Muhammad Sagar, general secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, said on Monday that the five years without an elected government has caused a cascading of social problems and a lack of accountability in the executive branch.


At a gathering of party leaders and representatives today at the party’s headquarters, he made this statement. The gathering included flimsy debates on the political climate in Jammu and Kashmir today, as well as on the concerns affecting the general populace and organisational challenges. The meeting included a review of ongoing party operations and programmes.

“It is impossible to solve the issues of the people in the absence of democracy,” Sagar remarked. The bureaucratic system “cannot be a substitute for a popularly elected government in any case,” he said, “Only a popular government that is established after a fair and transparent election can bring relief to the people in the true sense.”

He also expressed regret that for the last five years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been robbed of democracy and have been placed at the mercy of a small group of chosen individuals.

He said that elections are the cornerstone of democracy and that democracy holds the key to a nation’s and a people’s growth and prosperity. Regrettably, the BJP-led central government is reluctant to conduct polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Why is Jammu & Kashmir the target of prejudice if polls are being conducted on schedule in the other states of the nation?

According to Sagar, the undemocratic system has left the people of Jammu and Kashmir in a state of utter hopelessness, while the young are disillusioned and devoid of any prospects. Sagar further said that high unemployment and a lack of development have crippled our people. The opinions of ordinary people are not taken into consideration, and no public review is done of any decisions or acts.

For the building of democratic, administrative, constitutional, and legal institutions in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that many sacrifices had been made, but now the federal government is working hard to demolish them all.

According to Sagar, democracy and democratic institutions like Panchayat Raj, Kisan Raj, and Mazdoor Raj were introduced to Jammu and Kashmir owing to the significant sacrifices, historical, and revolutionary endeavours of the J&K National Conference.

In addition to this, JKNC also contributed to the creation of community organisations and institutions for mutual help in towns and villages. As a result, the people of Jammu and Kashmir now have access to free healthcare, free education, and free press as well as the right to vote. Additionally, 80% of the rural population now has the right to own property. He said that the National Conference’s revolutionary activities were immortalised in history’s most illustrious writings and that the party’s future looked promising as well.

Along with other authorities, senior figures Shamima Firdous, Muhammad Sayed Akhoon, Ahsan Pardesi, Peer Afaq Ahmed, Er. Sabia Qadri, Jagdish Singh, Azad, Dr. Muhammad Saeed Makhdumi, and Qaiser Jalali were present at this event.



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