Mid-term polls in J&K slowly becoming a truth

By Roarke

Since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s demise, the PDP and BJP have failed to sort out their differences owing to which J&K is under Governor rule and prevailing conditions in the state are indicating towards mid-term poll.

Sensing an receding wave in Jammu, the BJP is trying to ward off any possibility of fresh elections in the state, simply because they are aware of the fact that they will not be able to pluck 25 seats again in the Jammu region. That is also why former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has tried to assure PDP president Mehbooba Mufti that the BJP will adhere to their earlier commitments. Honestly, the BJP has tried their best to continue with the previous coalition partner but the PDP is taking way too long a time reviewing everything as they do not want to lose their strong support base in the Valley.

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The way in which State Governor NN Vohra has started delegating powers to the Secretaries of the State  passing  and the manner in which he has given direction to the Chief Secretary for preparing a detailed note on the issue of Pakistan refugees so that the list can be forwarded to the Centre implies that the government formation can take more time.

Since, the BJP and PDP have failed to clear up issues restraining them from forming a coalition government, parties like the National Panthers Party (NPP) are demanding dissolution of the J&K Assembly and asking the State Governor to direct for fresh elections so that the people of the State can choose a new Government to end political ambiguity.

The NC and the Congress, which ruled the State for six long years before the PDP-BJP alliance formed a Government in the State, have not really demanded fresh elections. NC has repeatedly mocked the PDP leadership saying that nothing was done in the last ten months and that either PDP deliver on the promises made or else allow for elections.

The Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad wanted the PDP to break alliance with the BJP and make a coalition Government with the Congress. JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that the Congress will not offer support to the PDP for the formation of Government in the State. The motive of both the Congress and the NC is to create a state in which PDP will not make a coalition government with the BJP again.

It is a different matter altogether that both NC and Congress ought to have tried their luck with the PDP. The smoke around coalitions other than the PDP-BJP did not emanate on its own. A possible turn down by the PDP is the only reason why the representatives from the valley based parties announced immediately that they had no interest in forming an alliance. The lack of force in their voices around fresh polls in indicative that both NC and Congress are fishing for the right opportunity.

Both NC and Congress are not sure of the results of a mil-term poll but the way the things are moving, a fresh poll is fast becoming a reality.