NPP Supremo calls on Shri Brahma to greet him as new Chief Election Commissioner of India

Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of J&K National Panthers Party and Human Rights Lawyer today called on Shri H.S. Brahma, Chief Election Commissioner of India at Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi and congratulated him as the Chief Election Commissioner of India hoping that his initiative may bring desirable change in the electoral system particularly in respect of use of EVMs as per direction of the Supreme Court for the use of ‘paper trail’ in the system.

Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter addressed to the CEC stated that,

‘The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in its Judgment dated 08.10.2013 clearly laid down the law that,

“From the materials placed by both the sides, we are satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of expression which has immense importance in democratic system.”

It is submitted that after one year of the judgment no initiative has been taken to introduce‘paper trail’ in the EVMs which is threatening the credibility of democracy and people’s faith in the EVMs.

Elections in J&K were held in December, 2014 more than one year after the judgment of the Supreme Court. The polling percentage shown from 70 to 85% in the hilly areas of the state was alarming as there was no check because the ‘paper trail’ system was not introduced in the state. The faith of the people in democracy is fading particularly when the EVMs were brought to J&K via Gujarat and purchased without tenders from a particular company in the public sector. The Panthers Party has been demanding introduction of ‘paper trail’ system, cancellation of the present poll so that fresh elections may be held in the state with the ‘paper trail’ system.

It is submitted that general elections of Assembly in NCT of Delhi have been notified but there is no indication whether ‘paper trail’ system in the EVMs shall be followed.

It is submitted that the ‘paper trail’ system should be introduced without any further delay so that people’s faith in the electoral system is not completely demolished because in that case the entire democratic system shall be put under question on its credibility. Once the people loose faith in democracy, the violent forces and enemies of peace shall exploit the situation to add to the anarchy. That can endanger not only democracy but the unity of the country.”


Attached: Judgment of the Supreme Court on 08.10.2013.  SC Judgment on 08.10.2013 on EVMs

NPP Supremo calls on CEC seeks his intervention to provide security to NPP candidates in J&K

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party air-dashed from Jammu to New Delhi and met Shri V.S. Sampath, the Chief Election Commissioner of India late last evening at Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi. He accused the State administration for its total failure to protect the lives of the civilians and the political activists. Prof.Bhim Singh informed the Chief Election Commissioner of India that the Panthers Party candidates, particularly, in the Valley have not been provided appropriate security cover as has been done in case of the candidates of the Congress, BJP, NC and PDP. He accused the Chief Minister by denying the security cover as well as other facilities to the Panthers Party state office bearers and the candidates.

Prof.Bhim Singh also sought of the intervention of CEC to ensure that appropriate security cover and reasonable accommodation is provided to the star-campaigners of the Panthers Party, particularly in the Valley. He said that though he is in ‘Z’ security cover he has not been allowed to stay in government Guest Houses or Circuit Houses anywhere in the Valley with the result he had to spend two nights in his vehicle. He also told the CEC that security cover of Panthers Party candidates after the first and the second phase polls has been withdrawn to keep them away from participating in election campaign of the party in 3rd and 4th phases.
The CEC assured NPP Supremo to take appropriate steps to ensure security cover on equal terms for all the candidates of the recognized political parties in J&K.
Prof.Bhim Singh has reported from Sopore and Baramullah this afternoon that in spite of his meeting with the CEC he was provided security cover according to his entitlement under ‘Z’ security cover. He was provided only one Escort to campaign in Baramullah and Sopore which were hit by the terrorists yesterday. On the other hand, NPP Chief Patron accused the Election Commission for digesting all acts of violations of Code of Conduct by the major parties.
Prof.Bhim Singh was accompanied by Shri Masood Andrabi, State Vice President, Shri Farooq Ahmed Dar, President, Kashmir Province, Shri Mehboob Illahi, State Secretary and others in the campaign. Prof.Bhim Singh appealed the people of the Valley particularly the youth to join the movement of the Panthers Party so that each one shall get justice from the criminal, communal, corrupt and authoritarian rule in the state.

NPP Supremo blasts PM Modi speech in Kishtwar as communal, violative of Code of Conduct

Addressing a strong election rally in Bhaderwah (Doda District) about 60 kms. away from Kishtwar where Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Modi addressed election rally organized by the State government, Prof.Bhim Singh accused Prime Minister Modi for the gross violation of the Code of Conduct by the Prime Minister of India while visiting and addressing state organized election rally in Kishtwar.

English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World E...

English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prof.Bhim Singh said that entire Kishtwar town was converted into curfew zone and his own vehicles were not allowed to pass through Kishtwar by the administration. Prof.Bhim Singh told the media and the social activists in Bhaderwah that Modi has used communal factor in his speech with an intension to create communal divide in Doda and Kishtwar districts where BJP candidates are also in the election fray, he quoted Modi saying, “I have provided all facilities to the Muslims residing on Pakistan borders in Gujarat.” This speech by the Prime Minister is highly mischievous, creates communal wedge between the society in Doda district where Hindus and Muslims have been living in communal harmony and peace.

Prof.Bhim Singh also charged Mr. Modi for luring the voters by offering them to increase the capacity of the hydel project in Kishtwar and providing them special package for developing tourism in the area. Prof.Bhim Singh wondered why Mr. Modi failed to mention a single word against Pakistan, terrorists, militants or anti-national elements which had created havoc in Kishtwar to disturb communal harmony. He said Mr. Modi was referring refugees’ problem which had no smell in Kishtwar district.

Prof.Bhim Singh also accused the District Election Officers and Election Observers for sitting in J&K as agents of the ruling parties and BJP. He also referred a letter addressed by him to the Chief Election Commissioner of India about the anti-Panthers Party attitude by the administration and district election officers.

The District Committee of Doda district was also reconstituted with Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed as its President and Dharam Chand Bhagat as its General Secretary.

Others who also addressed the election rally included Vice President, Choudhary Mohd. Iqbal, District President, Imtiaz Ahmed and District General Secretary, Dharam Chand Bhagat.


District Returning Officer favouring BJP, Congress & NC in J&K

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron, National Panthers Party in his letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner of India made a strong protest against the District Returning Officer of Jammu District who has been harassing the Panthers Party workers, creating hurdles in their movement to campaign for the party. NPP Supremo accused District Returning Officer who has got Panthers Party vehicles lifted from its office, NPP headquarters in Jammu District Returning Officer has threatened with dire consequences if all the flags, banners and posters are not removed from the party office. This party office (30-B, Gandhinagar) has been duly allotted to Prof.Bhim Singh by the state.
Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter to CEC accused that some observers are acting at the behest of BJP and the State government to harass the party workers. The District Returning Officer has got Panthers Party vehicles lifted and refused to return the vehicles in spite of the fact that the office of the Chief Electoral Officer has given appropriate permission to use the loudspeakers with PAS.

Kashmir Provincial Committee JKNPP meets CEC in Srinagar, urges for Governor Rule for free and fair elections

Several representatives of several political parties who were invited by the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. V.S. Sampath today met the CEC in Srinagar. A delegation of the Panthers Party comprising Shri Masood Andrabi (State Vice President) and Shri Farooq Ahmed Dar (Provincial President) met the CEC in Srinagar and explained him the situation that prevails today in Kashmir Valley. The NPP delegation demanded Governor Rule in J&K to ensure free and fair polls in the State. They also told the CEC that there is no governance in the state and the flood-affected people have not been provided relief or compensation for their crop or the damages to their houses, orchids or land. The NPP delegation apprised CEC that there is no political office functioning in Kashmir Valley at its capital, Srinagar because of the total damage caused in Srinagar. They told the CEC that the office of the Panthers Party was completely damaged and there is no space for the party to function in the near future. NPP delegation further explained to the CEC that NPP Chief Patron, Prof.Bhim Singh who visited this week had no place to spend the night because the entire Circuit House, Guest House and all other security places have been demolished by flood. They said that Prof.Bhim Singh had to spend a night in some unknown place.

The Panthers Party delegation also submitted an interim report of the Committee appointed by the Supreme Court regarding relief and rehabilitation process which they said deserves consideration of the CEC to ensure free and fair elections with participation of the people.

The CEC assured to consider all suggestions of the NPP delegation.