Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday averred that the Parliament only could restore statehood to J&K and the assembly elections would follow the completion of ongoing delimitation process.
He was responding to media queries on the sidelines of his interaction with the industrialists and investors from Eastern India organised in Kolkata.
The interaction with industrialists and investors was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organisation (JKTPO) of Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of J&K in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
“I think you people (media persons) should also understand this plain fact that the statehood will be granted by the one who has taken it away. This means that the Parliament only has the authority and accordingly, it can only restore statehood (to J&K),” LG Sinha said in response to a question pertaining to restoration of statehood to J&K as was being demanded by the political parties of all hues in the Union Territory.
He averred that the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister in the Parliament and while addressing Jammu and Kashmir and the entire country had made elaborate statements on this account.
“They have made it amply clear that the assembly elections will take place after the completion of the delimitation process and statehood will be restored after elections. I believe that the country should have faith on this assertion,” LG Sinha said.