India is capable of solving its own problems: Sinha

Parties should cooperate in delimitation exercise for early elections

23/02/2021
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JAMMU, Feb 22: A day after former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said that terrorism has not ended and suggested talking to Pakistan, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha took a veiled dig at him and said India is capable of solving its own problems.
Sinha also indicated that issues pertaining to talks with another country are dealt by the External Affairs Ministry. "I don't want to react to someone's statement. Ministry of External Affairs assesses this. India is capable of solving its own problems," Sinha told reporters on Monday. He was asked a query about the remarks of the National Conference leader who had on Sunday urged the Centre to talk to Pakistan.
"It is true that terrorism still exists. They are wrong when they say that it has ended. If we want to end terrorism, then we must speak to our neighbours.
I remember Vajpayee's remark that friends can be changed but not neighbours," Abdullah had told ANI. Answering a question on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference's demand for holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Sinha said those who want polls should help in the delimitation process and not make excuses.
"PM has assured the entire nation and the delimitation commission has begun its work. I request that those who want election soon should help in this delimitation process, instead of making excuses," he said.
"There are constitutional institutions in India. The decision is taken by the Election Commission. Let the work related to delimitation get completed, the Commission will definitely conduct elections," he added.
Answering a query relating to terrorism, he said two incidents had taken place last week in Srinagar.
"A dhabawallah was attacked for which three have been arrested. We have also broken a big network. Another was an attack on unarmed (police) personnel. I condemn the act. We will defeat terrorism," he said.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists attacked a famous food outlet Krishna Dhaba on February 19 in Srinagar to terrorise the non-locals living in the valley and to disrupt tourist activity. In another incident on the same day, terrorists fired bullets at a Police party in the Barzulla area of the Srinagar district in which two policemen were injured.
Sinha on Monday said political parties should cooperate in the completion of the delimitation exercise if they want early elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Those who want early assembly elections in J-K are requested to help and cooperate with the delimitation commission, instead of making excuses," Sinha told reporters.
He was asked about the demand raised by the PDP and the NC for holding early assembly polls.
The Delimitation Commission met on Thursday to seek suggestions from the associate members on the process of delimitation of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Associate members are lawmakers from their respective states who assist the delimitation panel in redrawing parliamentary and assembly constituencies. However, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi skipped the meeting.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti had said the Centre was "railroading" delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir with a "tearing hurry" that raised serious apprehensions about the motives of the exercise.
Asked as to when the polls could be held in J-K, the Lieutenant Governor said the Election Commission will decide on it once the delimitation exercise is completed.
"There are constitutional institutions in India. The decision is taken by the Election Commission. Let the work related to delimitation get completed, the Commission will definitely conduct elections," he said.
On some politicians "boycotting" the proceedings of the Delimitation Commission, the LG said they must understand that if they want early polls, the delimitation process has to be first completed .
The LG said that "the prime minister has assured the entire nation (on holding polls) and you have seen reports in newspapers that the Delimitation Commission has begun its work".
Jammu and Kashmir is a Union Territory with provisions for a legislature. At present, it is under central rule.
Replying to queries on NC and PDP leaders calling for dialogue between India and Pakistan, the LG said India is capable of solving its problems.
"I don't want to react to someone's statement. The Ministry of External Affairs assesses this. India is capable of solving its own problems," Sinha said. He also condemned the recent attacks on policemen by terrorists and said that terrorism won't be allowed to grow at any cost.

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