Uncertainty regarding elections in J&K, dithering political leaders

BJP has succeeded in creating a favourable narrative for itself in the region

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After reading down the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the erstwhile state into two union territories, the political scenario of the region has not remained as it was before August 5, 2019.
The political class of Jammu and Kashmir was among the worst hit by the events that unfolded after the abrogation. A slew of measures were taken to maintain law and order. These included preventive detention of former political leaders including former chief ministers, strict enforcement of laws, even lodging of Public Safety Act and UAPA in some cases.
Since March 2020, the political atmosphere of Jammu and Kashmir has been in a state of instability and chaos. The political leaders kept wandering here and there, switching political parties. Formation of new political parties happened. Still there is much confusion in the minds of political leaders about the credibility of the political parties in future.
Quitting, then rejoining the Congress
On January 6, 17 former Congressmen who had left the congress party and had joined Azad’s Democratic Azad Party rejoined the Congress in New Delhi. The faces who went back to the Congress after a long leave include former deputy CM Tara Chand, former MLA Peerzada Mohd Syeed and several others.
On being questioned by the media about quitting and rejoining the Congress, these leaders said, “It had been a long friendship with Azad, so we joined him. In the period of two months we felt restless, so we joined the Congress party”.
Wavering signals from old political horses
Wavering signals from old political horses of J&K are sending out messages about the political instability of the region. It is also indicative of their greed and cunning intentions. It seems that the old political horses are unable to mark their presence in the racing fields. It seems that they have not only become weak but have lost their drive for a contest.
It seems to be a gesture of self centeredness that a member who is in the party from the last three or four decades would so easily say goodbye to the parent party for just gaining political attention. It is disconcerting to note that about a month ago, the workers of these political leaders had been praising the Azad-led political party. At the same time, they were defaming and discrediting the Congress party, which they had left for the formation of the new party.
One also thinks about all the hard work that the workers of these political leaders would have put in, after they switched from the Congress. They would have spent time convincing the common masses to have faith in the newly formed party and its leaders. How will these political leaders face their workers? And will the workers make the general public trust them again? By casually switching parties, they have caused much mirth to the people.
Let us analyse current political scene in J&K
Post August 5, 2019, the political scene of J&K has seen major changes. Earlier, there was no accountability of the political leaders. It existed only in theory and on paper. Now, accountability is a real concept across Jammu and Kashmir.
People have started suspecting, inspecting and respecting those who are delivering governance. People have started to talk about the credit and merit score of a political leader. High on merit means high on people’s faith.
Low scores will automatically discredit the political leader.
Earlier, the politics of Jammu and Kashmir was based on the whims and fancies of the separatist groups. The mainstream political leaders had tied their power strings to the separatists. The common masses would vote for those political leaders who had good connections with separatist groups and Jamaat leaders.
Earlier, both factions of Hurriyat Conference would openly come out to support one or the other political party.
We saw this play out in the 2014 Assembly elections also. BJP had dominated power at the Centre. The whole of Jammu region was under a BJP wave. In Kashmir Syed Ali Geelani, the then chairman of APHC, called for support for the PDP. All this happened to keep BJP away from power. But in greed, the leading party PDP formed a coalition with BJP.
The BJP had a long road map for the spread of their political vision in J&K. Over the years, BJP succeeded in creating a favourable narrative for the party across Jammu and Kashmir. The other political parties are lagging behind. They are still framing the policy paper which could give strength to their parties at grass root level.

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