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Mandate that further jeopardized interests of people
Commitment to Jammu, BJP-style
5/16/2015 12:36:11 AM
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Jammu, May 15: MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh on Thursday claimed that the BJP didn't compromise its ideology in order to come into power in J&K and that it will never do so. "Even after the formation of government here in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP in no case compromised over its basic principles and ideology," he said during a function organized in Jammu for expanding the party's constituency, and added that "We had formed the government in J&K on the agenda of development for all three regions and all sections of society". "Joining coalition in the state does not mean the party has detracted from its agenda but formation of Government was must to respect people's mandate for good governance. We joined the coalition for the larger interests of the people who voted for us, to discharge our responsibility and to show better performance. Being in the government was in the interests of people of Jammu which gave massive mandate to the Party. We will watch that the interests of Jammu are not harmed and it is our duty to work for the people of the region but at the same time we should not favour any discrimination with any region but to give equal treatment to all regions. The Party can't get away from the fact that it owes a commitment to Jammu region which has been its stronghold and also closely linked to the birth of Jan Sangh,'' he, in addition, said.
What he said was a desperate attempt on his part to hide the truth and mislead the people, who have been seething with anger and accusing the BJP of bartering their rights and interests to enjoy loaves and fishes of office. The people of Jammu province voted for the BJP hoping they would be empowered politically, economically and socially when the BJP would come into power, but what it stands belied today, as the party gave everything to Kashmir on a platter. Just look at the distribution of portfolios and composition of the cabinet and it would be clear that the people of Jammu got nothing. Kashmir not only got almost all the important portfolio, but also got 12 berths in the cabinet. No party had treated the people of Jammu province so badly and so shabbily as the BJP did in a most brazen manner.
The BJP minister's claim that his party had not compromised its basic principles was a not a correct claim. The truth is that the BJP could seal a deal with the PDP only after it threw its ideology and basic principles into dustbin and agreed to throw in the lot of the people of Jammu province and Ladakh region with Kashmir. It not only put Article 370 on the backburner, but also endorsed the suggestions that Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference and terrorists were the stakeholders in J&K and that it would not object if the traitors were released from jails and the AFSPA and PSA were withdrawn from the state. Till the Assembly elections, the BJP used to oppose these suggestions.
It is universally known that the BJP high command decided not to release the "printed election manifesto" after Hina Bhat administered threat that she, like other Kashmiri Muslims, will pick up gun in case the BJP included Article 370 in its election manifesto or hold out a commitment that it, if came to power, will abrogate it. It is also universally known that the Vision Document that the BJP released in Jammu in November 2014 had no reference whatsoever to Article 370 or to any other ideological issues it used to rake up before the 2014 assembly elections.
It is also too well-known that the BJP endorsed the controversial national reconciliation suggestion - suggestion that meant that it would not mind if the J&K issue was reopened to satisfy Pakistan and separatists in Kashmir. The fact of the matter is there is nothing whatever in the agenda of alliance that the BJP stood for or vouched for or propagated before the formation of the coalition government in J&K. It mortgaged even the national interest to break what BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav called "jinx" in the Muslim-majority J&K. According to insiders, "the entire local BJP leadership has been directed not to raise Jammu-specific issues because it is in the government now and because the BJP wants to create for itself a constituency in Kashmir".
The BJP leadership is only further damaging its own cause by claiming what it has been claiming since February 25, when the BJP national president Amit Shah announced that the BJP and the PDP had devised a common minimum programme and form a coalition government in J&K.
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