Should PDP limit its aspirations or should BJP walk away?
Even after numerous rounds of talks in three weeks, the two unlikely partners BJP and PDP have reached nowhere near a concrete decision regarding the formation of government in J&K. The stitching of coalition is being delayed inordinately which usually is an affair of just a few days. With rising complexity of the situation between the two parties, speculations also indicate that the coalition would not be able to survive for a longer period of time and even if it does, it would be a tenuous affair for both sides. To see a hopeful government crumbling in a quick span of time will be just another misery chapter in the political story of Jammu and Kashmir.
The crucial affair of the ‘structured talks’ going on between the two partners could have been simple talks between the two parties who are aiming at working out a coalition for the next political term. But the parties have gone to great lengths defining these futile meetings. The whole affair is being portrayed bigger than it actually is.
More than the governance of the state and people’s interests the two parties are dwelling on self serving political issues. While PDP has been ruling over the BJP in this alliance, the latter too is showing reluctance in standing for its own agenda and is eager to surrender at every step. There is continuous pressure on the BJP to reverse its stand on issues of Article 370 and AFSPA. On the other hand, going with any other state party again would not help the PDP achieve what it is seeking to impose on the BJP.
The demand of normalizing relations with Pakistan is one such major issue that is not appealing to the senior BJP leadership. The state parties are not dictate terms on the foreign policy of India but PDP is stiff on certain issues that do not fit the BJP agenda smoothly. The BJP on the other hand is answerable to the Parliament of India as well as the people of the state and hence can’t disregard their faith just for the sake of power.
The party hence can’t take decisions on crucial matters concerning the state especially the security and territorial integrity of the region. At the best, the party should not be giving assurances on matters of national security and foreign policy just for the sake of power in the course of compromising for the alliance. Whether the alliance would be able to work smoothly or would crumble in a quick span of time is yet to be seen.