2015 in retrospection: Landmark year for J&K State politics
The year 2015 as a ‘Landmark year’ for the Jammu and Kashmir Polictics with a number of ups and down. Here is the list of SIX MAIN events that dominated the political landscape of State in the year 2015:
BJP CAME INTO POWER: By stitching a coalition with PDP after assembly elections held in December 2014, BJP strode to power in the state for the first time.
THE DRAMA OVER PDP-BJP ALLIANCE: There was a hell lot of drama regarding alliance of PDP and BJP which was being described as coming together of North and South Poles. The reason being the parties with totally opposite ideologies. It took more than two months of hectic negotiations, from December last year to end of February, between the two parties to reach a common minimum programme, officially christened ‘Agenda of Alliance’.
MUFTI BECAME SECOND TIME CM: The senior PDP leader, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed swore in as the chief minister of the state for the second time on March 1. He became only the third person to be sworn in for a second time after Ghulam Mohammad Sadiq and Farooq Abdullah — the latter having had three terms.
SAJJAD GANI LONE BECAME MINISTER: Although former militants have been elected as MLAs and one of them went on to become a minister in the past, the year also saw former separatist leader Sajjad Gani Lone taking oath as a cabinet minister in the state government. This was a first in the 25 years of turmoil in the state.
THE BEEF CONTROVERSY: It is said to be the biggest controversy that happened in the state in the year 2015. It all started with a State High Court order to strictly implement a pre-Independence law on cow slaughter which restored the ban on eating and selling of beef in the state. The issue turned ugly when at least three BJP MLAs pounced on an Independent MLA from Kashmir for allegedly hosting a beef party inside MLA hostel at the peak of tensions.
The issue also resonated in the Legislative Assembly for most of the autumn session.
MODI’S KASHMIR VISIT AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINANCIAL PACKAGE: After a number of failed announcements, the Prime Minister finally visited valley and addressed a public rally in November and announced a mega reconstruction package of Rs 80,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir.