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Frustrated Omar, Bhim for political anarchy
Ensuing destruction of NC, PP
2/23/2015 12:19:21 AM

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JAMMU, Feb 22: The great possibility of the PDP and the BJP forming coalition government in the state on the basis of common minimum programme has rattled the NC working president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, and the Delhi-based so-called chief patron of the virtually non-existent Panthers Party (PP), Bhim Singh. The prospects of the PDP-BJP coalition government have so rattled, frustrated and confused both these leaders whose parties suffered the worst-ever defeats both in the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections that they are working overtime to create political anarchy in the sensitive border state by opposing the general view in the state that a popularly-elected government should be formed at the earliest to mitigate the hardships of the people. Both of them have turned so irrational that they are speaking against the people's mandate - mandate that requires the PDP and the BJP to govern the state taking into consideration three lynch-pins - sovereignty, peace and development and regional balance.
The out-on-the-limb Omar Abdullah, who has nothing else to do except to indulge in negative politics to pass his time and mislead the people of Kashmir by leveling one charge after another against the PDP, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly, is making laughable tweets on daily-basis. What has upset him all the more was the manner in which the PDP and the BJP, which emerged as the second largest party after the PDP, decided to contest the crucial Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections to win as many seats as possible. He has been describing the decision of the PDP to join hands with the BJP for winning the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections as a "sell-out", as also as a decision that exposed the "double-speak" and "political opportunism" being indulged in by the PDP. In fact, he is more critical of the PDP than the BJP with which he wanted to forge an alliance, but failed as the BJP did not appreciate the idea of working with a party that was rejected outright not only by the people of Jammu and Ladakh but also by the people of Kashmir, the NC's core constituency.
The manner in which Omar Abdullah has been conducting himself after the defeat of his party and the unpopular government that he led in alliance with the equally unpopular and opportunistic Congress has failed to evoke any favourable response from any quarters except his cronies. On the other hand, the PDP has been systematically and convincingly calling his bluff by bringing to the notice of the people his acts of omission and commission as well as narrating the NC's history of bluff, compromise and rank opportunism. The truth is that the PDP has been blackening the face of the NC leadership beyond recognition and holding its ground very firmly.
As for Bhim Singh, it has become customary with him to demand dissolution of the newly-elected Assembly. During the last few days, he has umpteen times urged Governor NN Vohra to dissolve the assembly and hold fresh elections. He has only become an object of contempt and ridicule by putting forth a demand which is patently anti-democratic.
What exactly he wants to achieve by asking the Governor to dissolve the Assembly and hold fresh elections? Perhaps, he believes that his defunct party whose many leaders, including the state PP president Balwant Singh Mankotia, have started making common cause with the Jammu Pradesh United Front might win a seat in case fresh elections are held. It is not going to happen. There is no love lost between the PP and the people of Jammu province. It has become highly unpopular afterDecember 23 because its leadership behaved in a most irresponsible manner and did its best to strength the hands of the Congress and the NC by opposing the PDP-BJP joint-candidates seeking election to the Rajya Sabha.
The fact of the matter is that neither Omar Abdullah nor Bhim Singh & Co has leaned any lesson from the mistakes. They would become quite irrelevant in case they continue to conduct themselves in the manner they have conducted thus far. It would not be out of place to mention here that both Omar Abdullah and Bhim Singh are responsible for the destruction of their respective outfits.
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