The Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party may be a state party within the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The party was founded on 23 March 1982 by Prof. Bhim Singh and a couple of prominent youth political personalities of the time including Jay Mala,former President of the Indian Students Congress.Its aim is to "demolish corruption, communalism, criminalization, drug menace" and to determine a true democracy through ultimate revolution. Panthers Party campaigns for an extra division of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with the popularity of Hindu-majority Jammu Division as a replacement and separate state of India.
In 1996 the party was notable in moving the Supreme Court and therefore the committee to return the democratic process to militancy-torn Jammu and Kashmir, when elections were held again within the state after a nine years hiatus.
The party formed a part of the coalition government of Jammu & Kashmir along side the Congress and PDP after the 2002 Jammu & Kashmir elections, winning all seats within the Udhampur district, with Harsh Dev Singh serving as education minister within the cabinet, and Yash Paul Kundal because the minister of animal and sheep husbandry.
The party may be a strong proponent of secular values in Jammu & Kashmir and across the region suffering from the terrorist insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. As a robust advocate of womens rights the Panthers Party womens wing works to guard women from domestic abuse in Jammu and Kashmir and feminine foeticide. the ladies Panthers have involved a 33% reservation of seats for ladies within the Jammu and Kashmir legislature .
Prof. Bhim Singh who is locally referred to as Sher-e-Jammu (Lion of Jammu) is that the partys Chief Patron and served because the Panthers Party chairman for 30 years till 2012, when his nephew Harsh Dev Singh became Chairman. Balwant Singh Mankotia has served as partys state President since 2010.
The Panthers Party has been a long-time advocate of a sovereign statehood for Palestine. It strongly condemned Israel in reaction to the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid that left nine humanitarian aid workers dead, and called on the Indian central government to support Palestinians inside and out of doors the UN. In 2014, Panthers Party activists burned an effigy of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at protests held in New Delhi , calling for UN intervention under Chapter VII, and terming Israels actions in Gaza as "genocide."
By December 2015, the Panthers Partys membership drive had reached a target of 100,000 members.
Panthers Party, has fielded candidates in other Indian states, including Delhi in 2015, Uttarakhand in 2012, and in 2007 contested all MLA seats in Himachal Pradesh. In 2017, Panthers Party contested elections in Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh , and reconstituted its branch in Rajasthan, headed by Ashok Bapna.Panthers Party branch within the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu , is led by state president Naresh Ambedkar.
In 2017, Qatars state-funded Al Jazeera, and Turkeys state-run Anadolu Agency, labelled the Panthers Party as a right-wing Hindu nationalist party ,for its billboard poster campaign, calling for an expulsion of Muslim refugees from Jammu.
In 2017, Ankit Love, the son of Bhim Singh and Jay Mala, announced his candidacy for Prime Minister of India for the 2019 Indian election . He became the partys leader on 28 May 2017.