EC holds all party meet on Law Commission finances recommendations, NPP pleads for State funding

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party strongly pleaded for state funding of elections to the Lok Sabha as well as State Assembly as is practiced in several countries of the world in the interest of democracy and fair elections. NPP Supremo told the Commission which convened All Party Meeting at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today that money and muscle power has practically hijacked the electoral process endangering democracy in India. The only way out to save parliamentary democracy is to eliminate money power from the function of democracy. He cited several examples how the big money houses have been used for particular political parties to buy the electorates thus endangering the entire system. He said that many political parties have been converting their black money into political funds by taking out receipts of Rs.10,000/-, 15,000/-, 20,000/- in the name of voters from the electoral list. This way crores of rupees are shown to have been raised from the unnamed individuals as such donors who contribute Rs.20,000 or less are not be mentioned or named.

The NPP Supremo made a strong recommendation that all the donations under 80 GGC/or otherwise should be donated to the Election Commission of India directly. Election Commission of India should evolve a methodology to provide infrastructure, that formed, mobility to the recognized political parties. He said that no political party should be allowed to raise funds or spend directly. He said one day this has to be done. Several political parties including the Congress supported this view. A letter circulated on behalf of Congress President, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi took

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the similar view. However, BJP was opposed to state funding. Several national and state recognized political parties participated in this meet.

 

Part-II

Kishtwar riots and Gandhi Commission’s U-turn

            The NC-Congress government appointed one man commission headed by Justice (retd.) Gandhi to hold inquiry into the circumstances that led to communal riots on 9th August, 2013 in Kishtwar killing three persons. This Commission was appointed on the direction of the Supreme Court of India in a petition filed by J&K National Panthers Party.

The Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah sought resignation from his Minister of State, local MLA from Kishtwar. The interim report of Mr. Gandhi gave clean chit to the local MLA and the Chief Minister restored his ministry.

Interestingly, Mr. Gandhi’s one man commission did not file the final report for nearly more than one year. His final report came only after the defeat of NC-Congress government in which Mr.Gandhi did not find favour with his earlier judgment. Naturally, the local MLA and former Minister with several other police functionaries have been indicted by the Commission. Prof.Bhim Singh who has represented the Panthers Party before the Supreme Court expressed surprise on the Commission’s verdict and told the media that he will be filing a review petition in this regard.

Three judges bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Mr. P. Sathasivam with JJ Mr. Ranjan Gogoi and Mr. N.V. Ramana in their judgment in JKNPP petition dated 07.04.2014 (Writ Petition (Crl.) No. 125/2013) had directed one man commission, Mr. Justce R.C. Gandhi, “To complete its enquiry as early as possible, preferably, within a period of three months from today, if the final report has not already been submitted in the meantime. The Government will naturally be duty bound to take all necessary and consequential steps on the basis of the said report as would be mandated in law”. The final recommendation came only after the formation of the new government, one year after the Supreme Court judgment. This deserves serious attention of all concerned.

BJP role in Jammu Pradesh exposed JKNPP only alternative for Jammu’s honour

Addressing a distinguished gathering of J&K students and youth in Delhi, Prof.Bhim Singh, Founder of JKNPP (1982) called on the new generation in J&K, particularly the students and youth to diagnoze the background of the present crises in J&K to understand the comprehensive resolutions suggested by JKNPP are understood in its real perspective for the growth, development and harmony in all the three regions.

1.                    He said that the old slogans have become outdated vis-à-vis Gilgit-Baltistan and POK. The reality must be understood scientifically. Pakistan had continued its occupation of one-third of the state including Gilgit, Baltistan, Chitral and POK on one reason or the other. The Indian leadership cannot be absolved for this grave and criminal offence against the people of J&K. Sarhadi Gandhi, Badshah Khan told me during his last visit to India in 1975 that, “The Indian National Congress threw us into the lap of wolves.” He was referring Peshawar and other areas which the leaders of the Congress surrendered to Pakistan against the will of the people.

2.                    Prof.Bhim Singh recalled the criminal failure of the Indian leadership to regain Gilgit-Baltistan and POK from Pak occupation in spite of the UN Resolution asking Pakistan to withdraw its (Pakistan) armies from all occupied areas.

3.                    He said that the people born, living, educated, framed and developed under Pak occupation have developed a different attitude though they have not forgotten their links, family connections and etiquette of their native land in J&K.

4.                    He told the younger generation that even after the wars and bloody battles India could not liberate POK though it put no efforts vis-à-vis Gilgit-Baltistan for the reasons well known to the South and North Blocks, New Delhi. Prof.Bhim Singh conveyed a clear message that the new generation should exert with compassion and global understanding that the composite culture is the soul of Indian democracy of which J&K forms an integral part.

5.                    Prof.Bhim Singh said the new generation must understand the real problems being faced by the people of the three regions of the state. The Ladakhies and Jammuites have been fighting for their identity, development and for political equality of which they have remained deprived since 1947.

6.                    He said that Article 370 is not the mother of State Subject. The State Subject was given by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1927 to the people of the entire State. It has been reduced to ashes in Gilgit-Baltistan as well as in POK. Article 370 has given only a source of exploitation and is a real cause of the discrimination with the people of all the three regions. This is the time that Parliament of India shows its wisdom and courage to amend it so that the fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution are extended to the State and people of J&K could also share the fruits of Indian democracy. So that people of J&K are not subjected to humiliation, chaos, inequality by the rulers any more.

7.                    The real issues the people of Jammu province are facing include; (i). Comprehensive and honourable settlement of all the 15 lacs migrants (refugees) from POK who came to J&K in 1947, 1965, 1971 etc. They live in refugee camps, a big shame for the rulers of Delhi. (ii). The honourable settlement of nearly one lac Pakistani refugees who came from the Pak side in 1947 during the partition and have not been given any political, social or economic rights. This is not humanitarian problem alone, this is the failure on the part of the government of India and the State government to grant them citizenship rights in J&K according to the international and Municipal Laws without any delay.

8.                    The delimitation of the Assembly constituencies is the fundamental rights of the people of the State. The discrimination with Jammu Pradesh should come to an end because the people, particularly the younger generation, shall throw away the system if not adequate to deliver them justice and equity. Jammu has double the area whereas Kashmir Valley has half of it. Population is almost even. Why 37 MLAs in Jammu Pradesh as against 46 in Kashmir. This is a well plan conspiracy to keep Jammu Pradesh as a political serfdom of handful of Kashmiri leaders. The Kashmiries also deserved the benefit of fundamental rights. They are not enemies of the country. They are as good human beings as others are.

9.                    Bar Council has not been introduced in J&K in spite of the fact that Advocates Act was extended to the State by the State legislature in 1986. Why this discrimination.

10.                The roads and transportation in Jammu Pradesh reminds us of 16th century mule transportation system. It is worst than that. Why not rail link between Jammu and Poonch, Udhampur and Kishtwar and why not reconnecting Jammu with Sialkote just 25 kms. run which worked till 1947.

11.                Why not two administrations and separate civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar as well. Rs.600 crores is a criminal wastage for shifting of so-called Darbars from Srinagar to Jammu and Jammu to Srinagar every year. Both places have adequate infrastructures to handle independent secretariats. That is good for the people and better for its functionaries as well.

In his concluding remarks, Prof.Bhim Singh, emphasized that reorganization of State of J&K is the only way out to end the heterogeneous Union of the State which was founded by the first J&K ruler Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1846. This will help the Kashmiries who have been demanding abrogation of Amritsar Treaty for a century. The communication between J&K, POK and Gilgit-Baltistan should be made more easy without the visa restrictions so that the broken families from the two sides may heal their wounds of separation suffered and have been suffering. He appealed the younger generation to defeat the forces of reactions, communalism and authoritarianism by strengthening the spirit of composite culture as humanity is the essence of all the religions that I have been practicing for five decades with hatred for none.

MM, Patiala House issues Notice to Terminix (Termin-X) on Delhi Panthers Party’s petition for insulting National Flag

Shri Akash Jain, Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House, New Delhi issued notice to M/s. Terminix (Termin-X) on a petition filed by Shri Rajiv Jolly Khosla, President, Delhi Pradesh Panthers Party whether prima facie case exists against company for allegedly insulting National Flag u/s. 2 of Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971. Accordingly the company has been summoned to file PF and RC within seven days.

Shri D. Vidyanandam, Advocate and Secretary of State Legal Aid Committee appeared for the Panthers Party.

The order on summoning, MM, New Delhi stated,

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“In brief the facts of the case are that on 13.08.2012 complainant found certain pamphlets showing National Flag in the middle being distributed by accused through newspapers and through their employees for promotion of their business i.e. pest control services. It is alleged that the accused had got printed name of their brand along with photo of a cockroach on pamphlets besides printing colours of National Flag of India along with Ashok Chakra on the same. It is thus, prayed that acts of accused have resulted in insult of national flag causing hurt to the sentiments of the complainant and public at large. It is submitted that one complaint made by the complainant to SHO and DCP concerned in this regard but no action was taken. Hence, the present complaint. It is prayed that the accused be summoned by this Court to face trial for the offences under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971”.

The MM further observed,

“In support of his case complainant examined himself as CW1 and reiterated the contents of the complaint. Complainant further relief upon documents i.e. one of the pamphlet in question which is Ex.CW1/E and complaints made by him to various authorities which are Ex.CW1/A to Ex.CW1/D”.

The MM in his concluding remarks observed,

“It is settled proposition of law that for the purpose of summoning of accused what is to be seen in whether ‘prima facie’ case exists or not. Keeping in view of the testimony of CW1 and document CW1/E, this court is satisfied that prim facie case is made out against accused for the offence under section 2 of Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act 1971. Accused accordingly be summoned on filing of PF and RC within 7 days from today for 30.06.2015”.terminix

SC asks J&K for status report on Committee constituted by SC for relief to flood victims

A division bench of the Supreme Court headed by Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur today directed the Advocate-General of J&K Govt. to provide status report to the court regarding the distribution of relief to the flood victims in J&K. Supreme Court was hearing a writ petition filed by J&K National Panthers Party and others for the distribution of equitable relief in cash and kind to the victims of floods and rain in Jammu and Kashmir in September, 2014.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate appearing for JKNPP submitted that the Supreme Court on 24thSeptember, 2014 constituted a Special Five-Member Committee to monitor the distribution of relief to the floods and rain victims all over the state. The committee comprising of the Senior Registrar of the High Court (Convenor), Secretary, Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Govt. of J&K, a nominee of the Union of India besides President, J&K High Court Bar Association at Srinagar and President, J&K High Court Bar Association at Jammu was appointed as the Members of the Special Committee. The Committee was directed to submit its interim report within four weeks. The committee submitted its report on 09.10.2014. The four members of the committee signed the report except the Revenue and Rehabilitation Secretary of J&K Govt. Mr. Vinod Koul. Prof.Bhim Singh further submitted that Mr. Koul in his decision not to sign the report remarked in writing that, “More than 95% of the affected areas were yet to be covered as such”. He had further stated that the Committee required sufficient time for visiting the other affected areas to ascertain the factual position. He had prayed for extension in time”.

Prof.Bhim Singh strongly argued that the committee was to monitor the relief and rehabilitation programmes of the State Govt. He strongly objected that State Disaster Management Authority has not been constituted and if any floated formerly was not engaged in the process of distribution of relief or verify claims and counter claims. He charged the Govt. of J&K for misusing Central aid for their political interest ignoring thousands of affected farmers and others. He urged the court to ask the committee to submit its comprehensive report regarding distribution or fixation of relief to the floods and rain victims.

Supreme Court granted four weeks to the Govt. of J&K to file its status report.

Prof.Bhim Singh was assisted by Mr. B.S. Billowria, Mr. D.K. Garg, Mr. S. K. Bandopadhyay, Advocates.                                          

 

Panthers hold special session in Delhi on 33rd Foundation Anniversary of the party

foundatinday-delhiA special session of the NPP was held in New Delhi, capital of India this afternoon to mark 33rd Foundation Anniversary of the party which was founded by Prof.Bhim Singh 33 years back on 23rd March, 1982 marking its rise on the day of martyrdom of Shaheed-e-Azam S. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev in 1931.
Several hundred NPP volunteers took oath that each Panther all over the country shall fight for, ‘Sabke Saath–Haq-va-Insaaf’. The party volunteers also pledged that they shall fight from the streets to the legislatures and to the Supreme Court to seek justice to every depressed human being, society, class, creed, religion and region. The pledge was administered by party’s Supremo, Prof.Bhim Singh. The volunteers also pledged that they shall individually and collectively uphold the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country and shall not allow any person or government to disturb centuries’ old composite culture which has been the light of India’s civilization. They also pledged to continue their fight for Ultimate Revolution at home and abroad with full strength to mobilize international opinion for complete disarmament, global peace and development.
The Panthers Party also expressed full solidarity with the people in the Arab world in their struggle against colonialism and outside interference. It expressed full solidarity with the people of Palestine in this struggle to establish an independent and sovereign state as was agreed by the big Nations in Oslo & Washington Accords signed between Palestinian Hero Yasir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister. It hoped that Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu shall give up his extreme anti-Palestinian posture and accept the UN Resolutions on Palestine and Arab world which include 242, 338 and others.
Prof.Bhim Singh in his address to the Panthers Party activists called on them to complete the unfinished agenda on the internal conflicts in India including that of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that amendment in Article 370 is one of the main missions of the Panthers Party for full integration of J&K with the rest of the country. He also pleaded for the implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Accord with the Assamese leadership signed in 1985. He also expressed sympathy with the people in the North-East and other parts of the country for their equal participation and equal opportunities in the developmental works, employment, education and other fields.
   The prominent Panthers Party leaders who participated included Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Om Kishan, Shyam Sunder Sharma, Sanjay Kanaujia, Swaran Singh Yadav, Hari Babu Kaushik, Javed Qureshi, B.K. Khosla, Mahesh Kumar, Ajeet Singh, Swami Bhawani Maharaj, Navin Sharma, Sushil Khanna, Kali Ram Tomar, Ranvir Rathore, Ranjan, A.J. Rajan, David A. Johnson and others.