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Watch out for election manifestos of political parties as JK braces up for assembly polls
Previous issues may be relegated to back-burner
11/30/2019 10:57:09 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
srinagar, Nov 30: After the Lieutenant Governor of union territory of Jammu & Kashmir Girish Chandra Murmu recently said that assembly elections would be held soon it remains to be seen as what would be issues that would come up during the election campaign.
As the top notch and middle rung leadership of all the main mainstream political parties is under arrest or house arrest it would be difficult for these people to fight the elections. At the same time it would also be difficult for the political parties to frame election manifesto for the upcoming elections.
Sources told Early Times that there are maximum chances that mainstream political parties may concentrate on few issues for the next assembly elections. They said that leaders of political parties like National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress would make these issues as election planks in run up to next assembly elections.
"Restoration of statehood to Jammu & Kashmir may come up as the most important issue of the election campaign in the union territory. The mainstream political parties would harp on this issue and hope that people would vote for them so that they taste power yet again not in the state but in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir," said sources.
Sources said that leaders of PDP, NC and Congress may also try to fool people of J&K that they would try their best to reverse the clock and do everything that Articles 370 and 35A are restored to Jammu & Kashmir. They said that these leaders fully know that they cannot do this, but still then they would befool masses in this regard.
"In the past restoration of full autonomy and self rule used to be the main points of election manifesto of political parties like NC and PDP. However, this time around there is a chance that these issues would be put to the back-burner with restoration of statehood likely to be main component of election campaign," said sources.
It would be in place to mention here that three former chief ministers of erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state are under arrest at different places. While National Conference working President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah has been lodged at Hari Niwas, Peoples Democratic Party President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has been shifted to private accommodation at Maulana Azad Road from Cheshmashahi guest house.
National Conference President, former chief minister and present Lok Sabha member from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah continues to be under arrest at his residence at Gupkar. Dr. Abdullah's residence has been converted into a sub-jail and he has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for disturbing public order.
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