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Divisional status to Ladakh an indication that Delhi could divide J&K
BJP not for early assembly polls
5/16/2019 11:52:59 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 16: The BJP has finally made its stand on the assembly elections in J&K clear. It has said that it wanted assembly polls in the state sometime in November. "The elections can be held in November after the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities returned from the upper altitudes to the plains," the BJP has said, adding that "their participation in the electoral exercise is imperative".
The BJP becomes the first party in J&K to oppose early assembly polls in the state. All other parties, the NC, the PDP, the Congress, the CPI-M and National Panthers party included, have been urging the Prime Minister to hold assembly polls at the earliest, saying that "the President's Rule is no substitute to the popularly-elected government". Significantly, the Governor's administration has also favoured assembly polls in the state sometime in November citing "security reasons". The holy month of Ramzan and the impending annual Amarnath Yatra are the two additional factors which have made the authorities to think in terms of holding assembly elections in the state in November.
However, credible sources in the BJP say that "the possibility of assembly polls even in November is too remote" and that "there is a powerful section in the local BJP and national BJP which would want assembly elections to be postponed till the time J&K was not reorganized". "Why should we agree to the Kashmiris suggestion seeking assembly polls in the state? Elections in J&K without reorganizing J&K would mean transfer of the state power to the Kashmir-based NC or both to the NC and the PDP or even to the NC-the-PDP-the Congress combine. Is it not a fact that these three parties had formed grand alliance on November 21, 2018, saying that they wanted to keep the BJP out of government and also wanted to protect the special status of the state? "The state needed to be divided before the assembly polls were held," the sources in the BJP further said, adding that "it was not for nothing that the Narendra Modi Government granted divisional status to Ladakh" and that "the grant of divisional status to Ladakh was an indication that the Modi Government had some plan worked out to create a situation under which Jammu and Ladakh manage their own affairs themselves".
It was on February 8 this year that the Governor administration took a landmark decision aimed at fulfilling the governance and development-related aspirations of the people of Ladakh. That day, the government approved the creation of a separate administrative and revenue division of Ladakh, this ending the age-old administrative control of Kashmir over the cold-desert region.
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