The failure of the Congress leadership in taking up strongly the NIT issue and challenging the PDP-BJP coalition has annoyed the state leadership who wanted to take on the government aggressively. The local congress leaders from Jammu said that there was strong unrest and resentment against the BJP over the manner in which it has failed to take up the cause of the students as a number of students from Jammu region as well those from rest of India.
Congress leaders expressed different views during the recent visit of All India Congress committee general secretary Ambika Soni. Jammu based leaders said that instead of issuing mild statements the party should have aggressively challenged BJP Deputy CM Nirmal Singh who was caught in a tight corner over his statement of mild lathicharge. By taking up this sensitive issue, the Congress wants to put the BJP on back foot and also wants to regain the lost ground in Jammu region.