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Jammu, Ladakh again pin faith in PM Modi
BJP represents 85% state
5/23/2019 11:21:18 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, May 23: That the BJP will repeat its 2014 performance in Jammu province in 2019 and the Congress will come out of the just-held electoral exercise minus everything was a foregone conclusion. This, notwithstanding the fact that the people of Jammu and Ladakh were extremely angry with the BJP, which had violated the 20124 mandate and stitched an unholy alliance with the pro-self-rule, pro-Pakistan and pro-separatist People's Democratic Party and its utter failure to end discrimination against them. And that the canny support extended by the National Conference (NC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to the Congress candidates in Jammu will also not help the Congress in Jammu was already written in the Jammu walls. The reasons are not far to seek. The most important reason was, and is, the opposition in Jammu and Ladakh to the divisive ideology of the NC and the PDP and their hatred for the people of Jammu and Ladakh and the manner in which these two parties in alliance with the Congress and the BJP perpetrated injustice on the people of these two regions during all these years of accession.
In 2014, the BJP had won both the parliamentary constituencies - Jammu-Poonch and Kathua-Udhampur. Its candidate Jugal Kishore Sharma had won the Jammu seat with a huge margin of 2.2 lakh votes and Jitendra Singh had created a history by winning the Kathua-Udhampur seat by over 60,000 votes. Jugal Kishore Sharma won the Jammu seat by defeating a former Cabinet Minister and senior Congress leader Madan Lal Sharma and Jitendra Singh won Kathua defeating Congress heavyweight Ghulam Nabi Azad (presently Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha). Singh was made MoS in PMO.
The BJP again fielded Jugal Kishore Sharma and Jitendra Singh, MoS in PMO, from these two highly strategic Lok Sabha constituencies in 2019. Jugal Kishar Sharma won the Jammu seat this time with a huge margin of2.84 lakh votes defeating former minister Raman Bhalla and Jitendra Singh won the seat by defeating Dr Karan Singh's son and the Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh by 3.30 lakh votes. Lal Singh, who had revolted against the BJP and contested from both the Lok Sabha constituencies, suffered a humiliating defeat and lost his security deposit. As for the NPP candidates, less said the better. They, like the Congress' Bhalla and Vikramaditya and Lal Singh, were destined to lose very badly and it did happen.
Many had opined that the BJP will not win the lone Ladakh seat this time but the electorate of the trans-Himalayan region proved them wrong. The BJP again won this seat. Its candidate Jamyang Tsering Namgyal won the election. He defeated the Congress's candidate Rigzin Spalbar and two independent but influential candidates from Kargil Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai and Sajad Hussain Kargili. Namgyal, who is the Chief Executive Councilor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council Leh, won the seat by a huge margin of 10,669 votes. In 2014, the BJP candidate Thupstan Chhewang had won the Ladakh seats by a slender margin of 36 votes.
What are implications of the BJP's victory in Jammu and Ladakh? Its victory will held New Delhi tell the international community that the people of these two regions, who inhabit 85% of the state's land area, are nationalists to the core and that they were opposed to the politics of separatism, autonomy, self-rule and Pakistan being played in Kashmir by the parties like the NC, the PDP, the Congress, the CPI-M and the People's Conference. To be more precise, the victory of the BJP in Jammu and Ladakh has punctured for all the times to come the separatist balloon of the Kashmir-based parties. The point is that the victory of the BJP in these two regions means a development of a great national import in the sense that the BJP scored victories in these two regions in a row, thus sending a clear message that the people of Jammu and Ladakh stood by India for better, for worse.
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