Srinagar: Apni Party Monday demanded early elections and restoration of statehood in Jammu and Kashmir.
A statement of the Apni Party issued here said that presiding addressing the provincial-level meeting at its office in Srinagar, Rafi Mir said the party had always demanded early elections in J&K as the bureaucratic system could never be an effective alternative for a democratically-elected government.
“The developmental works on the ground have come to an abrupt halt while people are being pushed from pillar to post to get their routine issues resolved in the government institution. Elections can act as a panacea to this prevailing distressed situation and people can take their day-to-day grievances before their elected representatives. Apni Party hopes and also urges the government to initiate positive measures in this direction and restore the democratic right of people to vote for the representatives of their choice,” he said.
Mir said that the Apni Party had been persistently reiterating its demand for the restoration of statehood and dignity of the people through which their aspirations will be accordingly materialised.
“J&K has been a famous state in the Union of India for decades and as promised by the Government of India in the Parliament, this lost status needs to be restored at the earliest. The people are feeling disempowered but with the restoration of statehood, their dignity will be reinstated. The leadership at the Centre needs to take speedy measures for paving the way to re-establish the status of state to J&K,” he said.
Mir urged the Apni Party functionaries to make requisite efforts for disseminating the people-centric agenda of the party among the masses and ramp up the membership drive in their respective districts.