November 26, 2020

Arrest of Waheed U Rehman para shows central government’s meddling in DDC elections: PDP

Srinagar : Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday called the arrest of the party’s youth Wing President Waheed U Rehman Parra an act of meddling in the ongoing DDC elections by the Central Government in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday the Peoples’ Democratic Party)(PDP) said
“ahead of the DDC election, which was purportedly supposed to give an opportunity to a new youth leadership in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India through its ruthless brigade arrested Waheed Ur Rehman Para” saying that “youth leader Waheed Para was supposed to contest the polls from his home constituency in Pulwama” .
Saying that ‘Parra was arrested immediately after filing the nomination for the polls and this is clearly an attempt by a central agency meddling into the electoral process and influencing it in favor of the cronies of New Delhi’ .
The party in it’s statement further said that PDP Leadership outrightly condemns New Delhi’s latest ruthless action against its youth leader who was a beacon of change in the society and always upheld the values and principles of nonviolence and democratic engagement.
Stating that Waheed’s arrest signals the level of depravity to which the BJP and RSS can go in targeting and damaging its political opponents,the PDP in its statement said “these actions of New Delhi will not deter the PDP. Our actions and our voices will become louder” .
The PDP also said that even after being placed under detention as well as house arrest for more than a year Parra’s belief in democracy and power of people’s mandate led him to file his nomination for DDC elections and his return for investing his past, present and future in the democratic functioning of a volatile zone such as Kashmir has cost him his own freedom.
“While we in J&K are seeing how the BJP is constantly favouring and protecting its own candidates for the upcoming elections”, the statement reads, adding that “a very important member of our party is being targeted for not only voicing his stand against the ills of the administration but also having the sheer courage to contest in elections after repeated harassment at the hands of the state” .
The party in it’s statement further said said “being a part of PAGD, we have also come across how leaders from the alliance are stopped from campaigning and now we see that the leaders who have filed their nominations are being targeted for trying to democratically steer the needs of their people forward .
Saying that BJP has to face the facts that elections are not meant to favour the favourites rather, elections are meant for people to elect their representatives who they see fit to run their area, the party in it’s statement said “installing puppets and criminalizing genuine efforts towards democratic functioning in Kashmir is how the BJP greatly undermines the spirit of democracy” .
Recalling that during the PDP-BJP government (during which he was appreciated by the offices of the former Home Minister of India, Rajnath Singh for his relentless efforts at connecting with disgruntled Kashmiri youth) but has also been instrumental in the reconciliation process, the party said “not only in Kashmir but everywhere across India, criminalising dissent has become the order of the day for the BJP regime” . Alleging that after dislodging the space for mainstream politics, caging kashmiris in jails and in homes, the PDP said “BJP government has now resorted to arm twisting the mainstream politicians into obedience through covert threats and intimidation” .

 

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