House in Disorder

February 22, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 167 Views
House in Disorder

House is in disorder. The storm for Peoples Democratic Party doesn’t seem to have ended yet. Now blame game has started. The party legislator from Zadibal Constituency in Srinagar, Abid Hussain Ansari said that if PDP will be decimated in coming Lok Sabha and next Assembly elections, the reason will be Pirzada Mansoor Hussain who according to Abid Ansari is a ‘black-mailer’, ‘back biter’, and ‘BJP man and termed Naeem Akhtar responsible for ‘disorder’ in the Party. The verbatim goes “I was shocked when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appointed Pirzada Mansoor Hussain as the vice-chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Board. This man in league with Naeem Akhtar sowed the seeds of animosity that led to the ouster of Syed Altaf Bukhari, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Abdul Majeed Padroo and Muhammad Ashraf Mir from Council of Ministers. Pirzada Mansoor knows the job well how to widen the gap between party legislators and workers.” Syed Altaf Bukhari, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Abdul Majeed Padroo and Muhammad Ashraf Mir were dropped from the Cabinet after Mehbooba Mufti assumed the charge of Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir after the death of her father, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. Differences have grown manifold in PDP and BJP camp over many issues and now the current storm in the PDP camp would end in weakening the part at the grassroots. For example, take the regional disparity and polarization in Jammu and Kashmir is growing manifold. A new disturbing reality of the PDP-BJP coalition is that rather than bridging the regional and religious gap, it has been widened in the current regime. The Hindu-Muslim differences have become sharper as the recent episodes in Jammu region have shown that the minority community is living on the edge. Government had started with the process to evict the Muslim Gujjars from the land, on which they have been living for years, which only sharpened the religious divisions. Jammu and Kashmir has been polarized on the religious lines as never before in the current coalition regime due to a number of incidents including the killing of a Kashmiri driver over the beef ban issue. A number of Muslim youth have been booked under the draconian public safety act (PSA) in the last few months even as they have pleaded their innocence. Youth have been freed by the courts but were again detained under the PSA, which is executed through an administrative order. Rather than producing them before the executive magistrates and turning to the courts to book them, government has rather made the draconian use of executive powers to book the youth. This has only fuelled the alienation of the Muslim youth in the Jammu region. Given such circumstances, the Muslim youth are living on the edge and there is a fear that the religious politics which has remained the policy of the BJP may also find its ground in Jammu region. The region saw the worst polarization in the 2008 Amarnath agitation over the transfer of the state land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). The agitation brought down the government of former chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and in the subsequent elections that were held the BJP notched up its votes in the region. Before the Amarnath agitation, Congress had the upper hand in Jammu region. Since 2008, no effort has been spared to further divide the people on the regional and religious lines.

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