‘Sinha has a great experience of public outreaching because of his political career’: Sunil Sethi
Srinagar, Aug 6: Jammu and Kashmir Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Thursday welcomed the appointment of Manoj Sinha as new Lieutenant Governor of the Union territory.
Sunil Sethi, Chief Spokesperson BJP, exuded confidence that Sinha would reach out to the public.
Hours after GC Murmu resigned from the post, former union minister and senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Manoj Sinha was appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
“GC Murmu has also done his job well as J&K LG. However, we believe that Sinha has a great experience of public outreaching due to his political career. It will be very much beneficial for J&K,” Sethi told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) over the phone.
He said that BJP also expects new LG would take up the security matters of grassroot level works.
“We have witnessed a selective killing of panches and sarpanches. It has raised a concern and we demand security for them. We expect that LG would consider this matter,” he said.
He added that all political parties are free to carry political activities.
“Any individual of a party who wants to carry his activities within the framework of Indian constitution are free to carry on political activities. Some are lying about their detentions,” he said.
He added that after the completion of the delimitation process, assembly polls would be held in J&K.
Murmu had taken oath as the first L-G Jammu & Kashmir on October 31, 2019. His resignation comes exactly a year after the Centre abrogated the special status of erstwhile state, and decided to bifurcate it into two Union Territories.
Just a week ago, the Election Commission had taken exception to LG Murmu’s recent comments to the media on the timing of Assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir. In a strongly-worded statement, the EC said all decisions on the conduct and timing of elections are its “sole remit”. In an interview to The Indian Express, Murmu had emphasised that President’s Rule in J&K cannot be in place indefinitely and that “elections would not be very far.”
Sinha, 61, has been actively involved in working for the backward villages of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
His political career began in 1982 when he was elected the president of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Students Union.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and repeated the term in 1999. From 1989 to 1996, Sinha remained a member of the BJP national council.
He was elected to the Lower House for a third term in national politics when the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
He was former Minister of State for Railways and later held an independent charge of the Ministry of Communication.