NPP Supremo advises Panthers district committees to hold victory week of secularism and democracy in Delhi polls

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has advised all district committees of JKNPP in J&K and its associated wings like Panthers Trade Union, women power, Young Panthers, Farmers Council, Student Wings and all to celebrate the next week as a victory of secularism and democracy in India as a message of the people of Delhi which has been transcended by them to the people of the entire country and the world that ‘India means democracy’, ‘India means secularism’ and ‘India means peace’.

He made a special appeal to the youth, students and PTU to celebrate coming week as a Deepawali, festival of lights so that darkness generated by the political parties and hatred spread just for electoral gains disappears forever. “Let the Panthers activists lit candles and show the lights to the blind politicians who have been misleading the people and path from darkness to light–peace, secularism, democracy and corruption free India.”

Election Commission writes back to Bhim Singh, Denies violation of SC judgment on ‘paper trail’

Election Commission of India in its reply to Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has denied that, “The Commission has taken no initiative to implement ‘paper trail’ as directed by Supreme Court of India in the judgment dated 08.10.2014”. The Commission in its letter signed by Shri Madhusudan Gupta, Under Secretary has claimed that the allegation is not true. Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter dated 16.01.2015 addressed to the CEC has accused Election Commission for holding Assembly elections in December, 2014 in violation of the Supreme Court direction which read as,

“….we permit the ECI to introduce the same in gradual stages or geographical-wise in the ensuing General Election. The area, state or actual booth (s) are to be decided by the ECI and ECI is free to implement the same in a phased manner…”  

Admitting that VVPAT (Voter-verified paper audit trail) system was used in 71-Gandhinagar, 72-Jammu East and 73-Jammu West only. That means Election Commission of India has used ‘paper trail’ system in 3 out of 87 Assembly constituencies. Prof.Bhim Singh said that Gandhinagar Assembly constituency recorded 60% voting percentage whereas in the hills like Bani (Jammu), Bandipora (Kashmir) and other Assembly constituencies crossed voting percentage by 80%. Even in Udhampur Assembly constituency poll percentage crossed 82% which was not possible at all. Prof.Bhim Singh regretted that CEC is adopting ‘paper trail’ system only in two Assembly constituencies in NCT of Delhi say 40-New Delhi & 38-Delhi Cantt. This clearly shows, said Prof.Bhim Singh that the party in power in the Centre is trying to avoid the implementation of SC judgment for the obvious reasons. EVMs were manipulated in J&K and same shall be the situation in NCT of Delhi.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that the Panthers Party is filing a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the elections held recently in J&K which gave undue advantage to the BJP for obvious reasons.

Prof.Bhim Singh regretted that Election Commission of India has decided to hold biennial election to the Rajya Sabha for four seats in J&K through three notifications which is quite improper, unconstitutional, illegal and malafide as it is done so only to benefit PDP-BJP (new unholy alliance in the offing). In 2009 the Congress as a ruling party in the Centre played the same trick and fraud to secure all the four seats between two alliance partners namely, the Congress and the NC.

 

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