To get some votes, and to win some assembly seats attempts are being made by some top political parties as well as members of fringe separatist groups to make a cause for chenab Valley, and divide Jammu province on the lines of the Dixon formula which had proposed to divide the region on religious lines. As per the formula, it was suggested to divide the Jammu province into three sub-regions viz-Chenab Valley, Pir Panjal, and plains of Jammu as per the religious contours which would have hived off the Muslim dominated areas of the Hindu majority province, and created a permanent wedge among people. Although this plan was not successful but in the recent past there have been attempt by Kashmir based parties as well as top politicians of the state to raise the issue of Chenab Valley which though non-existent in reality is being made out to be something standing on the ground.
The issue assumes more significance on account of the fact that Congress, and NC both of which are facing strong anti-incumbency are trying to get votes in Muslim dominated constituencies of Jammu province as they know that BJP under Modi is likely to win in the plains of Jammu. The Congress in Jammu is likely to take extreme positions to ensure that it is able to win at least some seats to ensure that it remains a player in government formation. The BJP leaders however opine that the next government in J&K will be without the coalition partners, and they would not allow the people to be divided on religious lines.