Panthers Party’s ultimatum to hold Delimitation, reorganization of J&K

foundationdayThe JKNPP held Plenary Session on its 33rd Foundation Anniversary at Parade Ground, Jammu which was attended by nearly five thousand active workers of JKNPP the party was founded on 23rd March, 1982 by Prof. Bhim Singh who resigned from MLA ship and the Congress to float an independent political party with clear agenda for the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir.  After spending several years in jailed, facing wrath of the power that be, Prof. Bhim Singh named the new revolutionary party Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party

Shri Harsh Dev Singh, Former Education Minister and Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia twice MLA from Udhampur were re-elected unanimously as Chairman and President of the party for the next three years.

The party in its political resolution and another resolution on international affair demanded restoration of sovereign status to Palestine State (a copy of the international resolution is attached)

The party in its 22-point resolution demanded, delimitation of Assembly Constituencies, regularization of SPOs, contractual employees, daily wagers and others.  He also demanded comprehensive settlement of 15 lacs PoK Refugees and honourable settlement of one lac Pakistani refugees who settled in J&K in 1947 with full rights as a citizen of India and permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir.  A copy of the resolution is attached. 

Prof. Bhim Singh was a Chief Guest on the occasion.  Others who addressed the Plenary Session included M/s. Harsh Dev Singh, Balwant Singh Mankotia, Yashpal Kundal, B.B Kotwal, Advocate, P.K Ganju, Masood Andrabi, Bansi Lal Sharma, Advocate,  Balwan Singh, Ms. Anita Thakur, Jagdev Singh, S. Paramjit Singh Marshal, Sewa Singh Bali, Ashfaq Rana,  Kesar Parveen, Jehangir Khan, Tasleem Kousar, Pushvinder Singh Manhas, Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Neeraj Gupta, Sham Gorkha and others. 

Prof. Bhim Singh in his rejoinder to Prime Minister Modi declared that Panthers Party stands for, ‘Sabke Saath, Haq-va-Insaaf’.  He said this is rejoinder to Prime Minister Modi for his political slogan, ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.

 

BJP-PDP Govt. has become security risk, must go

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party in a letter to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, has urged to intervene in J&K to instruct the Governor of J&K to impose Governor Rule in view of the threat to the security of the State caused because of several factors including the utter failure of the government of J&K.

While condemning the dangerous terrorist attacks on a police station, Raj Bagh (Kathua) and Army Camp in Samba on the National Highway within 24 hours provide sufficient proof of the failure of the Central and the State Intelligence Agencies for their failures. The NPP leader also expressed serious concern on the statement of Chief Minister of J&K, Mufti Mohd. Sayeed on the floors of the Assembly yesterday giving clean chit to ISI and Army, instead of condemning terrorists attack. This has left no doubt that the present government led by PDP and BJP has become security risk and must go without any delay in the interest of the security of the state before the Dogras are forced out of their homes as it happened with Kashmiri Pundits in 1990. The Governor Rule and fresh elections free and fair, without the use of EVMS must be held through bring the people of three regions into confidence.

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party A Brief Introduction in Wikipedia

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) is a regional political party of India. It is one of the prominent political parties in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The founder of the JKNPP is Prof. Bhim Singh, who was initially a member of the Congress and represented the party as an MLA in the J&K State Legislative Assembly. However due to political differences between the state Congress and Singh, over protecting the economic, social and political interests of the people of the state. Singh resigned from the Congress and formed his own party.

In March 1982, a historic meeting was held in the Jammu Gulab Bhawan, being chaired by Bhim Singh and attended by some of the prominent individuals such as distinguished scholar Ghulam Nabi Goni, Faqir Nath, Mool Raj, Janak Singh, Javed Quadri, Jay Mala, Sudarshan Sambyal, Father Aziz William and many others. The meeting unanimously supported Bhim Singh’s call to establish a strong opposition to the Sheikh Abdullah-led Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), and form a party with a differenceThe party was officially formed on 23rd March 1982. The 23rd March was chosen as it was an auspicious day of martyrdom of the revolutionary freedom fighters Rajguru, Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh. The party upheld a secular-nationalist-democratic manifesto, such that it could represent the political identities of the three regions of the state, namely, Ladakh, Jammu Pradesh and Kashmir.

The name of the party is significant. It was originally registered as the Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party. Its name was changed to the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party in 1996, as approved by the Election Commission of India. Bhim Singh believes that the inclusion of the name of an animal ‘panther’ was significant, as the JKNPP was formed to combat the misdoings of one animal, Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Abdullah of the JKNC by another animal, the panthers.

Presently, the JKNPP is the main opposition to the ruling JKNC, having had a remarkable electoral performance in the 2009 state elections. The present President of the JKNPP is Balwant Singh Mankotia.

 

Election Symbol and its significance

The Election Symbol of the JKNPP, as approved by the Election Commission of India, is the “Bicycle”. This symbol is significant as it represents the true spirit of the party. The JKNPP has its political lineage from the revolutionary ideals of Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s ideology of standing up for the rights and privileges of the marginalized and oppressed sections of the society. His movement, called the Dalit Panthers, was directed to fight against fascist, anarchist, communal and authoritarian tendencies prevailing in the country at that time. In the same spirit, the JKNPP is resolved to unite in protest for the maintenance of peace and security, as well as prosperity for the three regions of the state of J&K. The JKNPP proved its mettle when, led by Bhim Singh, it fiercely revolted against the Resettlement Act which the JKNC wanted to implement in the state. The Election Symbol of the JKNPP is thus significant, as it symbolizes the march of the JKNPP, towards overall progress and development of the various communities of the state. Like a bicycle which is used as a vehicle to reach a destination, the JKNPP ensures that reaches its destination of achieving justice through rebellion. More importantly, the JKNPP has as its ultimate objective, the establishment of “a real democracy through ultimate revolution”.

 

Leaders of JKNPP

The leaders of the JKNPP, who are also the national executives of the party, are listed below:

 

Prof. Bhim Singh, Founder and Chief Patron of JKNPP

He is a two-time MLA in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly. He is a Human Rights activist and lawyer by profession, practising in the Supreme Court of India. Bhim Singh has remained a two-time member of the National Integration Council, nominated by Prime Minister Narasimha Rao in 1991 and by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2008, respectively. He remained the Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party from its inception till 1996, though he continued till 2012. Currently, he is the Chief Patron of the JKNPP.

 

Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman of JKNPP

A lawyer by profession and was an Education Minister in the Congress-PDP government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, headed by the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. He was adjusted as best legislator in the history of J&K legislature (1996-2002).   He was a three-time MLA in the J&K Legislative Assembly, represented the Ramnagar constituency.

 

Balwant Singh Mankotia, President of JKNPP (two times MLA from Udhampur)

He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, representing the Udhampur constituency. Although he took over as President of the JKNPP in 2010, he was elected in 2013 by a majority of the members of the party.

 

 

 

            The Office bearers of J&K National Panthers Party

As on 23rd March, 2015

Chief Patron

Prof. Bhim Singh, the Founder of JKNPP.

Chairman, Shri Harsh Dev Singh, Vice Chairman, Shri B.B.Kotwal,Advocate, President, Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia.

 

Vice Presidents, Shri Navin Bakshi, Mohd. Iqbal Chowdhary, Shri P.K. Ganjoo, Shri Sudarshan Singh Jamwal & Masood Andrabi

 

General Secretaries,  Ms. Anita Thakur, Shri Yashpal Kundal (two times MLA from Samba) Shri H.C. Jalmeria, Adv., Shri G.M. Shan, Adv., Shri Shanti Swaroop Basotra & Shri Manjoor Naik.

 

State Secretaries, Shri Basharat Ali, Shri Sukhdev Singh, Shri R.S. Manjoo, Mehboob Illahi, Shri Jagdev Singh, Shri Balwan Singh, Shri Maqbool Malik, Shri Kuldip Sharma.

NPP to celebrate its 33rd Foundation Day, shall elect its Chairman & President also

“The Panthers Party shall be celebrating its 33rd Foundation Day on 23rd March, 2015 at Brahmin Sabha, Parade Ground, Jammu. The party shall announce its action plan to oppose, expose and finally depose the unethical and unholy alliance government in J&K which has become a security risk in the sensitive state of J&K.” The Chief Patron, Prof.Bhim Singh made an appeal to the students, youth, workers, panchayats, intellectuals, members of the civil society to join the movement launched by JKNPP for the reorganization of J&K so that the citizens of India residing in Jammu Pradesh, Kashmir Valley and LadakhBaltistan shall live in dignity, honour and social security.

Prof.Bhim Singh also urged the Panthers Farmers Council to mobilize the farmers who are the principal victims of the various governments in J&K. He said delimitation of the Assembly constituencies, permanent and comprehensive settlement of 15 lacs POK refugees and conferring full civil and political rights to nearly 85,000 Pak refugees is the agenda for 2015 and nobody on earth can stop the Panthers to achieve this goal.

Prof.Bhim Singh accused state BJP for selling the entire interest of the people of Jammu Pradesh to the Kashmiri leaders thus betraying the faith that people of Jammu Pradesh had put in the BJP leadership. He assured the suffering people of J&K that Panthers Party leadership is capable, acceptable and sustainable under the circumstances in all the three regions of the state. He appealed the districts committees to mobilize the workers for their active participation in the celebration.

The JKNPP shall also elect its Chairman and President for a term of three years.

Amendment in Article 370 is only way out to establish supremacy of Parliament in J&K

Excerpts of the speech of Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party delivered on 16thMarch, 2015 at Constitution Club, New Delhi in a seminar organized by the, “We the Citizens” on Kashmir Problem and Solution.

          “Article 370 has remained a bone of discard right since its insertion in the Constitution of India in spite of serious reservation of the Chairman of the Constituent Assembly Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar in 1949.

“Two schools of thought have been exploiting this provision to suit their political ends and the people of J&K are the principal victims of this controversy. The fact is, none, may be, intellectuals, thinkers, jurists or judges or politicians are prepared to go through the brief contents of Article 370. One school of thought is not prepared to accept its existence whereas the opposite school of thought considers it as holy and is not prepared even to discuss the subject and find its pluses and minuses.

const-2“This Article was introduced, no doubt, in the Constitution of India with a purpose to contain the authority of the then ruler of J&K, namely, Maharaja Hari Singh, living in exile in Bombay and his son Yuvraj Karan Singh was the Regent of the State. The first question that needs answer is why Monarchy in J&K was not terminated during the framing of the Indian Constitution. This is a matter of record that two states namely, Hyderabad and Junagarh never signed the Instruments of Accession with the Dominion of India in 1947 or even later. Both of them were merged into the dominion by the Constituent Assembly of India. On the other hand State of Baroda (now Vadodara) acceded to the Union of India by Maharaja Gaekwad in 1948. That state was also included in the Union of India without any reservation. It is tragedy and shows bankruptcy on the part of the Indian leadership and the intellectuals that none dared probe into this tragedy in the history of India vis-à-vis J&K. The question is important today, that why the Maharaja of J&K who was hated most by Jawaharlal Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah both was allowed to be the Monarch of the State at the time of the promulgation of the Constitution on January 26, 1950? Another question that needs to be answered by the present leadership, as the past leadership is no more there to answer these questions, that why and under what circumstances/compulsions the so-called Constituent Assembly of J&K (J&K had constituted a separate Constituent Assembly for J&K to redraft the existing Constitution framed by the Monarch in 1939) terminated/ abolished the existing Monarchy without the consent of the Parliament of India on August 20, 1952. Was that Sheikh Abdullah intended to step into the shoes of the Monarch? Was it that Sheikh Abdullah wanted the implementation of the Dixon Plan to carve out an Islamic Republic of J&K by dissecting the Muslim majority districts of Poonch (Rajouri) and Doda? The third question which is equally relevant what was the cause that let to convince Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the dismissal and arrest of his oldest and trustworthy political friend on August 9, 1953 within a year of the removal of the Monarchy?

I would like to draw the attention of the so-called defenders of Article 370 in the present form about the validity of the provisions of this Article after the Monarchy was abolished? I strongly feel that in the opinion of international jurisprudence and law the provisions of Article 370, a temporary one, became in fructuous after the termination Monarchy. Which is evident from the explanation given in clause (b), (ii) of Article 370 (1) on which made the intention of the Constituent Assembly cleared that Article 370 was meant to tame the Maharaja of J&K and keep him under control of the government he had formed on March 5, 1948 fixing Sheikh Abdullah as the head of the government (Prime Minister). This explanation is set in the following lines;

“Explanation:—For the purposes of this Article, the Government of the State means the person for the time being recognized by the President as the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir acting on the advice of the Council of Ministers for the time being in office under the Maharaja’s Proclamation dated the fifth day of March, 1948.” The entire explanation as reproduced above became in fructuous on August 20, 1952 with the termination of Monarchy in the state. Then with dismissal of Sheikh Abdullah as Prime Minister of J&K on August 9, 1952 brought the entire essence of Article 370 down to the grave of the history. With this Jammu and Kashmir became unquestionable part of the Indian Union which has been admitted in Section 3 of the Constitution of J&K which boldly admitted, “J&K is and shall be an integral part of India” so where is the existence of the stipulation/provisions of Article 370. This Article should have been declared dead and gone/omitted as was done in case of Article 238 of the Constitution. If the Parliament could amend Article 238 or even amend Article 31 of the Constitution of India, why not Article 370 of the Constitution. Article 31 had guaranteed property right as a fundamental right yet it was abrogated by ‘pro-capitalist Janata Party Govt. headed by Shri Morarji Desai’. What stop the Parliament to amend Article 370 which has been instigating disintegration and creating friction and threatening security of the state?

Another dangerous and unacceptable proposition in Article 370 (3) provides that;

“Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this article, the President may, by public notification, declare that this Article shall cease to be operative or shall be operative only with such exceptions and modifications and form such date as he may specify:

Provided that the recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of the State referred to in clause (2) shall be necessary before the President issues such a satisfaction.

const-1This proviso has also turned in fructuous after the Constituent Assembly ceased to exist in December, 1956. The Constituent Assembly became dead the day J&K Constitution was born on January 26, 1957. The jurists and the historians have ignored this situation that emerged in the history of J&K. There is no Constituent Assembly in J&K nor even a single member is alive today. There is no provision to reorganize the Constituent Assembly after the insertion of Section 3 in the Constitution of J&K. The President is empowered to act under the scope and mandate of 370 (3) because proviso in Section 3 of this Article has gone in fructuous and non-existent.

Since a political section in the country and a particular leadership has been exploiting the people in favour of Article 370 whereas another section, political hawks, just for electoral gains have been blackmailing the provisions in Article 370. The need and necessity of the hour is to amend this Article as the Parliament is sovereign body in this regard and enjoys sovereign power to amend any provision of the Constitution. This authority in the Parliament is vested in Article 368 of the Constitution of India. What needs to be done that proviso in sub-section 3 of Article 370 should be substituted with another proviso that;

“Provided further that the Parliament shall exercise its legislative and constituent powers, which relate to matters other than those referred to in the last preceding provision listed in List-I (including matters relating to Defence, Foreign Affairs, Communication, Currency and allied matters). The matters covered under List-II & III may be dealt by the State Legislature.”

This is the amendment which is important for the security, integrity and sovereignty of Union of India. I had an occasion to discuss this matter with several Prime Ministers from Mrs. Indira Gandhi to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Shri Vajpayee did not disagree with this proposition but, what I feel that time is not in his favour. This matter should go straight to the entire nation from the floors of the Parliament that Parliament is supreme and sovereign to amend any provision in the Constitution of India. Let the entire world understand that and none shall be allowed to play with the sentiments of the people is one way or the other. The unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation is supreme and non-negotiable.

Article 368 empowers Parliament to amend any provision in the Constitution of India. Janata government led by Shri Morarji Desai dared amend Article 31, in Chapter-III on the fundamental rights by deleting the right to property from the Chapter of the Constitution. It was Parliament of India which amended Article 35 by adding Article 35A equally dangerous provision for the security of the country. Why not amend Article 370 to empower the Parliament to legislate in respect of J&K as is the mandate to legislate in respect of other states of India. This is only way that shall establish legislative supremacy of Parliament of India in J&K also. Why not Section 3 of the Constitution of J&K clearly states that J&K is and shall be integral part of India? This shall help Parliament to respond to the wishes of all the three regions of the state, Jammu Pradesh, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh by reorganizing the state allowing all three regions to have statehood status. A kind of federation of three newly created states may be possible but neither Kashmir Valley nor Jammu Pradesh shall dominate the other reason. This shall rebuild trust and confidence in the Constitution of India. The only way to restore full democracy and peace in the state.”         

Bhim Singh