Jammu Kashmir News
For two days now, news in Jammu and Kashmir has been eclipsed by a successful alliance of PDP and BJP, both of whom have agreed once again to form a coalition government in the state after almost three months. It would not be very wrong to say that this alliance is more a result of compulsion and not of confidence building measures.
The PDP had taken a stand for two months where they pressed the BJP to accommodate certain conditions in the original common minimum program. Both the parties stood at loggerheads as the BJP showed reluctance.
Both the parties were under extreme pressure of letting down their supporters. The BJP would have lost major voteshare in Jammu in the event of re-elections and the support that Mr. Mufti had garnered would have thinned out massively.
The BJP faced loud and clear criticism in the winter capital for not working for Jammu and at the same time the PDP was disparaged in Kashmir for adopting Jammu-specific policies in ten months of their rule. It seems more of regional rift than political differences as both party supporters were annoyed with their party leaders for working for the other region. The anger of the supporters of both the parties stems from the 2014 mandate which was clearly communal and regionally polarising. BJP pitted Jammu vs Kashmir, and PDP did vice-versa and both garnered the votes they wanted.
In the ten months of the BJP-PDP rule, people have realised that they failed on all counts. The common feeling in the general public and political observers was that once will not find an address of the BJP in Jammu and PDP in Kashmir in the next elections even if they happened today.
The present re-alliance has resulted just because of fear of a re-election as the current scenario would only see the National Conference and Congress as likely beneficiaries. Evidently both the parties were running out of time with the impasse on demands set by the PDP. After April 8, unless governor’s rule was extended, both the parties would have had to go for fresh elections and quite possibly would have lost their addresses in their political constituencies.
Instead of losing and staying out of power both the parties have chosen the only available option to form a coalition government and work for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and at same time to work and bridge the gap between people of both the regions.
By delaying the process both parties have managed to maintain their credibility in their political constituencies and presently they have managed the political crisis as well. To be in power and to remain popular both the parties have to now work for Jammu and Kashmir but more importantly serve and fulfil their regional requirements.