JKNPP submits memorandum to I&B Ministry for Satellite Duggar Channel in Jammu

A delegation of the NPP leaders led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and Former Minister today submitted a memorandum in the office of Information & Broadcasting Ministry, New Delhi which was duly received and acknowledged by the personal action of the said Minister in his absence who assured to put up the same before the Minister with further assurance of an early reply on the subject.

Mr. Harsh Dev Singh pointed out in the memorandum that the demand for a full fledged ‘Satellite Duggar Channel’ has been projected by various Social, Cultural and Literary organizations for the best several years which unfortunately has gone unaddressed and unattended. He said that the assurances given by successive governments in the past on the subject have proved to be mere hyperboles. He said that the demand is most genuine and deserves priority consideration of the GOI so as to project and promote the rich culture and heritage of Jammu region. While the operationlization of Kashir Channel by DD Kashmir is welcome, the denial of Dugger Channel for Jammu is deplorable, he added.

Making out a strong case for Duggar Channel, Mr. Singh maintained that the credit for raising the geographical and political state of Jammu and Kashmir and consolidation and securing of Nation’s boundaries goes to Dogras. Only recently, he pointed out that 18 Jawans of 6 Dogra regiment sacrificed their lives in Manipur for the defense of the Nation. Majority of Dogras have joined armed forces and are fighting for the defense of our land and for safeguarding our frontiers. He argued that it will also be a tribute to our valiant Dogra soldiers and warriors who have made countless sacrifices with their great conquests in the Himalayan region extending upto Tibet. Dogras have further contributed to the process of nation building in all walks of life including music, arts, drama, economy, education etc. Dogri language has produced eminent men of letters who have made meaningful contributions in the field of Journalism, Poetry, Science and literature. The proposed channel would provide opportunities to several talented youth and students besides others to display their ingenuity and skill.

Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said ‘Duggar Channel’ if operationalized would cater to estimated 32,200 Sq Kms of area including vast area of Himachal as well as huge population on the other side of LoC. On the contrary Kashir Channel is catering to only around 15,900 Sq Kms. Further, even the sister languages like Gojri, Mirpuri, Punjabi, Pahari, Poonchi and Bhaderwahi will also get a boost if Duggar Channel is made functional. The demand for the channel is not only being raised by people residing in Jammu region but also by nonresident Dogras who wish to remain in touch with their rich traditions and vibrant cultural roots, he said.

Mr. Singh said the proposed Duggar Channel would not only help establishing emotional and cultural links but also help in countering the highly malevolent and obnoxious Pak propaganda unleashed from across the border. He said that in view of urgency and genuineness of the said demand for Duggar Channel the same was required to be addressed on priority.

Others who comprise the delegation included Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Romesh Khajuria, Smt. Sudesh Dogra and others.

Bhim Singh meets CEC, demands re-poll in Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency in the interest of democracy

Prof.Bhim Singh, Panthers Party candidate from Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency this morning had 30-minutes meeting with Shri V.S. Sampath, the Chief Election Commissioner at Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi and submitted a petition to the CEC urging re-poll in the entire Parliamentary Constituency for the reasons that the poll held on 17th April, 2014 was vitiated with rigging, fraud and EVM manipulation by the Congress and BJP candidates supported and abetted by Shri Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minister of J&K. Prof.Bhim Singh informed the CEC that Gulabgarh Assembly segment recorded 82% of poll which was a total fraud as almost all the male members had migrated to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh as they usually do in the month of April & May to seek work in the adjoining states. He also presented press clippings of local and national newspapers which have published stories on the rigging. He informed the CEC that almost all the 38 polling stations in Marwah Dachchan (Gulabgarh) were snatched by the local police officers and carried in helicopters which reached the office of Returning Officer after four days. The EVMs were taken away by the police leaving polling officers behind.

            Prof.Bhim Singh said that same thing happened with the EVMs which were used in Gulabgarh for recording votes. Some of the EVMs were taken to Rajouri District and then brought to Kathua after four days. This electoral crime was repeated by the Govt. of J&K after 26 years. In 1988, the Govt. of J&K headed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah joined by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad the then General Secretary-AICC had manipulated and rigged the polls which remained on record. Prof.Bhim Singh had won by 32,000 votes in 1988 bye-election in the same parliamentary constituency still he was declared defeated by the power that be.

            Prof.Bhim Singh also presented a book on, ‘Murder of Democracy in J&K’ to the CEC which has carried the details on the murder of democracy by the Congress and the National Conference in 1988. The High Court Judge, Justice K.K. Gupta on an election petition filed by Prof.Bhim Singh had quashed the election by holding the election result as void. Since the Lok Sabha had dissolved by the day judgment was delivered on 15.10.1992, four years after the filing the election petition. The relevant Lok Sabha stood dissolved and replaced by this way.

            Prof.Bhim Singh urged the CEC to treat his petition as a challenge to the validity of polls held on 17th April, 2014 in Udhampur parliamentary election. He urged the CEC to issue notice to the main contenders namely, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) and Dr. Jitendra Singh (BJP).

            Prof.Bhim Singh urged the CEC that rigging could be checked to some extent if the voters identity cards issued by the Election Commission of India are retained by the Presiding Officer at the polling station till the counting is over. He informed CEC that hundreds of dead persons in the hills of Gulabgarh, Marwah Dachchan, Padar, Bani and Banihal have cast their votes which should be verified from the record in the interest of democracy and rule of law.

            Prof.Bhim Singh said that he has been fighting against electoral fraud committed by the power that be in Delhi and Srinagar which may prove counter productive for national integration and country’s unity if remained unchecked.

            The petition to the CEC attached.


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