J&K voters remained deprived of their right whereas National Voters’ Day is celebrated in Vigyan Bhawan in 2014

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Member of NIC while congratulating the Election Commission of India to observe National Voters’ Day with great enthusiasm in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi with President of India, Shri Pranab Kumar Mukherjee as the Chief Guest today. Prof. Bhim Singh who is also among the invitees on behalf of J&K National Panthers Party shall be attending the great celebration on the victory of over one billion people to participate in the largest democracy of the world in India and observed National Voters’ Day.

The Panthers Party Supremo, Prof. Bhim Singh described it as unfortunate for the voters of J&K who have been denied the voting rights in J&K to make an appropriate representation in the legislatures and to the Lok Sabha as delimitation of the Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies was not allowed in J&K in spite of the fact that there was 20% increase in the population of the new voters in J&K with a population 1.20 crores.

The Panthers Party leader accused the coalition Govt. comprising NC & Congress in J&K for depriving the voters of J&K to realize the vote-value in J&K which was possible only after the delimitation of the Assembly constituencies. No delimitation was conducted in spite of the best efforts of the Panthers Party from the streets to the Supreme Court to seek justice and equity for the voters of J&K.

Prof. Bhim Singh said that several constituencies were delimited by the Govt. of J&K to deprive the voters their fundamental rights to send the representatives with freedom. Comparing the voters’ patron in some constituencies, the Panthers Party Supremo referred the case of discrimination with the voters that one constituency in Jammu City has nearly 1,70,000 voters whereas in the same city another constituency (Jammu East) has about 60,000 voters. Similarly, in Kashmir Valley 46 Assembly constituencies have around 62,000 to 70,000 in each constituency whereas in Jammu Pradesh 30 Assembly constituencies out of 37 have got more than one lac voters. This discrimination with the voters could have been removed only through delimitation which Kashmiri leaders would not like to do.

Prof. Bhim Singh urged the Election Commission of India to use its good offices on the National Voters’ Day to remove discrimination with the rights of the voters in J&K so that there is equitable distribution of voters to respect the vote value of each electorate.