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In J&K, BJP plays the Congress role
1/21/2018 11:24:02 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Jan 21: Gone are the days when the BJP would hold protest demonstrations in Jammu to defend the national cause and the cause of the marginalized people of Jammu and Ladakh, including Hindu refugees from Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied-J&K and Kashmir. Gone are the days when the BJP would organize bandhs and dharnas to identify themselves with the national cause. The BJP has gone totally dormant for the sake of some loaves and fishes of office leaving Jammu and Ladakh in the lurch and giving its alliance partner absolute and overriding executive and legislative powers.
It's not the BJP the people of the state know till recently; it's a different BJP. The fact is that the BJP has turned out to be a replica or the other face of the Congress in J&K. There is no difference between the two whatsoever. The only difference is that the BJP is now in the government and the Congress in the opposition. As far as their attitude towards Kashmir is concerned, it is almost identical. Both are pursuing the same line and promoting the same agenda: Keep Kashmir in a good humour at the cost of the nation, at the cost of Jammu and at the cost of Ladakh and keep mum.
In the rest of the country, both the BJP and the Congress are taking on each other considering each other as arch-political rivals. But in J&K, both the BJP and the Congress are treading the same path. The BJP, like the Congress, has turned out to be more pro-Kashmir and pro-majority community and completely abandoned its core constituency, Jammu that gave it status, power and prestige in 2014.
Ever since March 1, 2015, not one BJP minister has made any political statement to counter those in Kashmir who have been working against India and jeopardizing the general political, economic and social rights and interests of the people of Jammu and Ladakh. Contrarily, they are endorsing each and every policy of their alliance partner and defending the policy of exclusion of Jammu and Ladakh from all walks of life giving everyone to understand that it is not two-part rule in the state and that it is practically a one-party government in the state. They speak neither in the legislature nor outside it.
It's no wonder that the people of Jammu and Ladakh have started holding themselves aloof from the BJP and within the BJP the elements have started speaking against it in and outside the legislature. The level of unpopularity of the BJP could be measured from the fact that its MP from Ladakh Thupstan Chhewand, Chief Executive Councillor Sonam Dawa and MLAs like Sukhnandan Choudhary and Rajiv Jasrotia are openly and unambiguously lambasting the party and the party ministers and terming the present dispensation worse than that of the NC-Congress. The most striking aspect is that the party's state spokesperson Virendra Gupta is issuing statements on a daily basis which are highly critical of the PDP-BJP coalition government.
The BJP says it has been working for the Congress-free India. It may succeed in its game plan all across India barring J&K. J&K will become BJP-free if it continued to function like it has been since March 1, 2015.
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