Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, May 18: After playing second fiddle to Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) for more than two years there has been change of heart in the state leadership of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).
Sources told Early Times that leaders of BJP in Jammu & Kashmir want to have their own chief minister for the remaining tenure of coalition government with PDP. There is a strong feeling among some of the BJP leaders that they should have their own CM in the state.
Under the arrangement reached at the formation of coalition government the BJP had 'surrendered' before the PDP. The party had agreed to the PDP's demand that the CM during the PDP-BJP coalition government the chief minister would be from that party only. The BJP settled down for the post of deputy chief minister in the state.
"Although it was decided in 2015 that the Chief Minister would be from PDP of late there has been change in the heart of the BJP leadership in the state. The party wants to have the chair of chief minister for the remaining duration of PDP-BJP coalition government. It remains to be seen how the things shape up in the near future," said sources.
Sources said that the BJP leadership may exert pressure on PDP in this regard. They said that the party leaders believe that the change in guard might lead to improvement in law & order situation in the Kashmir valley. This they say would be the main point of dialogue if
and when same is carried out with PDP with regard to change of guard in the state.
Although it was decided in 2015 that the chief minister would be from PDP of late there has been change in the heart of the BJP leadership in the state. The party wants to have the chair of chief minister for the remaining duration of PDP-BJP coalition government.
"It remains to be seen what would be the response of PDP towards this demand of BJP. The PDP might view the same as a breach of trust and one cannot rule out strained relations between the coalition partners. If that happens that there are chances that the PDP-BJP government may fall much to the joy of their opponents," said sources.
Sources said that BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in New Delhi is not happy with the handling of the law & order situation in the valley. New Delhi wants the Jammu & Kashmir government to act tough against the people who are creating trouble in the state more so in the Kashmir valley.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to improve the situation in the next three months. As such the state government has its task cut out vis-à-vis how to deal with the law & order situation in the valley. The same may provide an opportunity to BJP to have its own man on the position of Chief Minister in Jammu & Kashmir," said sources.
In the meantime, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr. Singh discussed the security scenario, state affairs, law and order of the State. He also apprised the Prime Minister about the status of various developmental initiatives undertaken under the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP).