Jammu and Kashmir News
March 1, 2015: DAY 1 – PDP BJP earmarked a groundbreaking chapter in the political history of Jammu and Kashmir. Two very unlikely and ideologically different political parties joined hands on the agenda of Peace and Growth.
June 8, 2015: DAY 100 – The coalition government still lacks a profound vision, mutual acceptance of the contrasting ideologies and a unified agenda. Many promises were abandoned in no time and key concerns were disregarded by both the partners. Progress and Peace is yet to be witnessed. Growth? still unseen.
Is the PDP BJP alliance still struggling for a smooth sail?
From Day 1, Mufti had stirred up the whole state with his first speech in the office which extensively favored the militants, separatists and our neighbor friend Pakistan. Afterwards the Masarat controversy resulted in a more fragile union of the two. Masarat’s detention was not discussed with the BJP and hence caught enough heat to force the matter till the Centre. Apart from that, the BJP’s plan to provide separate townships to the Kashmir Pandits instigated the separatists as well as the valley people who vehemently opposed the decision. The matter created a political storm throughout the state and was vigorously opposed by the opposition parties, separatist groups and the coalition partner as well. Of many contentious issues, AFSPA was abandoned from the Agenda of Alliance for the two parties shared a different take on the matter. PDP continued to provoke its revocation and BJP persistently continued to support AFSPA, which was one of the major lows of the union. Also, the PDP’s urge to initiate talks with separatists and Pakistan was not positively harbored by the BJP and the matter again brought the two under pressure.
The prospects of the unlikely union of the Hindu-centric BJP and the Kashmir-centric PDP had rejuvenated new hopes among the people but the result of the coalition was not attractive enough. With many clashes the two barely resulted in anything positive for the state. “The vote for change” was supported unexpectedly but the results haven’t been so fortunate yet. The two are still struggling for a smooth sail, despite a rocky beginning. There is still time for the seeds of good governance to sprout. With mutual compromise and healthy adjustment, the two can set sail for a historic chapter awaiting to be written.