Chasm between Kashmir, and Jammu to rise further if BJP-PDP coalition fails

PDP drafts CBMs, BJP yet to be informed
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If the coalition between BJP, and PDP is not successful there is every likelihood that Jammu and Kashmir will have to go through fresh elections, and this process is not going to be very easy. Politicians as well as experts, and Kashmir watchers agree that if a new election is held it is going to further polarize the people of the state on regional and religious lines, as the electoral battle could turn very bitter.

Commentators also are warning that issue of not releasing flood relief funds, dismissing of Mufti Mohd Sayeed’s views after a speech in Srinagar, and not handing over of power projects to J&K government could ignite passions, and lead to tension as there has already been unrest in the state over centre controlling the power projects in the state. If PDP will find it difficult to convince it’s supporters in Kashmir, the BJP had even more tough job of getting back to it’s supporters, and voters with conviction who are disgruntled with the party over concession made to Kashmir. BJP also could not deliver the promised relief package to west Pak refugees, had to compromise on it’s stand on Article 370, and several such issues. The election if it happens is bound polarized the state further but this is no reason that central government, BJP should give into the shenanigans of PDP which is bent on blackmailing the county by taking stands which are flimsy, and cater only to it’s own support base.

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