Post-mortem of political landscape in J&K

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and former CM Mehbooba Mufti on Apr 02, 2017. (File Photo)
by Altaf Khan

Winds of change have been very tumultuous for the polity of Jammu and Kashmir. Barely a month after the BJP withdrew its support from the PDP-BJP coalition government on the charges of national security; BJP seems to have unleashed its divisive plans for Jammu and Kashmir.

Raking up the hornet`s nest by stoking anxieties of a substantial section of the population  by issuing the orders of not handing over the mortal remains of local militants killed in encounters with security forces to their respective families the whole game plan was set in motion.

Immediately after the order of not handing over the bodies was issues another sensitive issue was raked up. This time through a proviso inserted as an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978. The proviso inserted has cleared the way for security agencies to transfer the inmates languishing in jails of J&K to jails outside the state. The controversial clause inserted in contravention to earlier Supreme Court rulings states that inmates should not be transferred out of their domicile states.

This proviso was immediately followed by fiddling with the status of power projects like Rattle etc , de jure control of J&K SPDC by NHPC and forced resignation of M Y Khan who headed the Chenab Valley Power Projects with the confidence of all thee Chief minister`s (Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti) without withdrawing any salary for last three years. It is pertinent to mention here that BJP has been constantly scheming to handover the reigns of Rattle Power project to NHPC which its then coalition partner vehemently rejected.

Then came the talk of abrogation of Art35A which is up for hearing in the Supreme Court soon. This constitutional provision has been a thorn in the eyes of BJP from the word ab initio. All stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir including mainstream parties and Separatists have vowed to put up a solid defense of the said provision. The then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had even gone to the extent that “No one will be left to uphold the flag of India in J&K if Art 35A is removed,” Surprisingly even Governor strongly advised against the abrogation of article considering the ramifications of the issue on ground.

Immediately after the Governor put in defense of Art 35A news stories of installing a new Governor in J&K started doing rounds who can toe the hard line adopted by central government without asking questions. Such is the resolve of the BJP that hard-line Hindu Governor pales in comparison to the new agenda unleashed. Sometimes one wonders what stopped BJP from doing all this during the alliance.

Anxieties within the tribal Muslim population of Jammu are at its peak. Fear of communal violence after the Rasana, Kathua rape case looks very real now. Fudging of evidence, witnesses turning hostile all this looks like a game plan to set free rapists who belong to the majority community of the region.

Jammu and Kashmir seems to be on the brink of very troubling times ahead. Whatever bulwark seemed to have prevented the BJP from unleashing its divisive agenda seems to have gone and flood gates of hell unleashed.

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