The situation in the valley has not shown any improvement over the last one month and this can mean that Jammu and Kashmir is slowly but steadily trotting towards Governor’s Rule. It is redoubtable that the National Democratic Alliance has definitely thought of this but the fact that there has been no noise on implementing governor’s rule shows the BJP is pensively looking for an escape route.
What is worrying is that the anti-India sentiment is slowly moving beyond Banihal into Jammu province.
Sources close to the BJP core leadership have revealed that a decision re Governor’s rule has infact been taken after deliberations among high-ups in the ministries of Home and Defence besides intelligence agencies. The political discussions in the Home Ministry are to happen and they would be tabled before the Prime Minister for a final call.
It is a hard call as the BJP would not want to be seen as an inefficient party that accepted defeat in time of exigency due to an inexperienced team in J&K.
However, according to sources, an all party meet might actually be convened within the next five days as has been the demand of all of opposition and this meeting in the right perspective can pave the way for Governor’s Rule.
It would not be a big surprise that the Kashmir failure would become PDP’s failure considering it has been the PDP leading the government’s functioning in J&K largely.
Separatists may now stretch the protests till August 17, where Doctor’s Association Kashmir has already called for August 17 to be observed as black day. Aug 17, by the way, is the death anniversary of Zia-ul-Haq.
The mounting pressure of killings in Kashmir can force the PDP to step down and this move would be the last of BJP’s preferences considering BJP’s own standing in Jammu has been steadily falling low. Governor’s rule, if the situation worsens, is a much better alternative for the BJP.