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Statehood still far
12/1/2021 10:46:20 PM

Kashmir based parties have upped the ante to seek restoration of J&K’s statehood. But it seems that statehood won’t return till normalcy becomes a norm.
The selective killings of the members of minority community members in October this year had created a fear that 1990 may return but the security forces launched a counter offensive and killed more than 20 ultras. It has neutralized the threat for the time being.
There is a possibility of assembly elections being held after the Delimitation Commission submits its report to redraw assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to J&K in October month had stated that after the delimitation process is completed, elections will be held and after that the statehood for J&K would be considered.
Senior BJP leader and organization secretary Ashok Koul recently stated the Union Government is not going to grant statehood to J&K as early as Kashmir centric parties are thinking. “It will be restored only after the normalcy returns and selective killings of innocents stop,” Koul said.
The Centre has taken a strong note of the civilian killings that were carried out by the militants and it seems that a plan has been formulated to eradicate the terrorism from J&K completely. Past experiences reveal that Kashmir centric leaders failed to control the militancy during their tenures. The Centre is in no mood to take any chances as the security forces have been given a freehand to operate and it doesn’t want any politicians to interfere in any affairs. So granting statehood to J&K in near future doesn’t look possible. At present the Centre’s priority is to restore the sense of security among the common people. The restoration of statehood is no priority.
The politicians have sensed that the elections are in the offing and they have to raise slogans so seeking statehood back is a slogan that they can work on to lure the voters. But the Centre is working on different priorities.
Kashmir centric leaders have started the election campaign and are trying their best to tell the people that they can change J&K’s destiny but this time around it won’t be a cakewalk for them anymore as after the redrawing of assembly constituencies Jammu and Kashmir regions will have almost equal number of seats.
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