PDP senses opportunity to push ‘Kashmir agenda’ after Delhi rejects BJP


Puneet Gupta

It will soon be two months since the results for Assembly elections came out. Most statements made by prominent leaders now seem as mere guesswork as the assembly remains hung and both the frontrunners, PDP and BJP, have not come to J&K’s rescue as yet. According to the statements made by leaders of both these parties after meetings with Governor Vohra, a government was to be in place by 14th of February. Nothing seems to be working in that particular direction till now.

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This love affair, if it were to start on Valentine’s day, will be full of sparks and passionate ups and downs. After AAPs monumental victory in New Delhi, PDP has already starting flexing its muscles now to question the issues that BJP wants included in the CMP. It seems as though PDP is looking to appease the vexed populations which have held their stance against a PDP-BJP coalition since the time of the assembly elections.

After the Delhi results on Tuesday Mufti Mohammed Sayeed finally broke his long silence and laid out his terms and conditions which fundamentally boil down to respecting the Muslim Majority character of the state and strengthening of Art 370 as the special position of Jammu and Kashmir. Mufti also sent across direct feelers to the Prime Minister to control the extreme rightwing elements whose statements did not go down the throats of the Delhi populace.

The BJP has suffered a major blow in the Delhi elections and this has come even as BJP did not officially announce an alliance with the Kashmir Centric Party which is ready to join hands because of two reasons majorly. One is is the support from Centre that PDP can garner if it joins hands with the BJP. Seond is the sheer numbers that both parties have managed as people’s mandate other than the bonus support from the four independents in the assembly.

The BJP in Jammu is hanging in the middle of fire and frying pan now. The first taste of power in the state can actually be at stake if it decides to finally not ally. If however, it does agree to join hands, the BJP might well have to concede to a lot of PDPs demands and that will further upset Jammu which gave its mandate to BJP.