Prof. Kali Dass
BJP thrived to grab power in J&K since 1996 onwards when first NDA government was formed in the Centre. Its tally from four MLAs in 1996 rose to 25 (24 plus one nominated) in 2014 and the eyes of all BJP leaders blinked brightly in a hope to get share in governance in J&K. Thanks are due to Right Wing forces for making it happen after dividing J&K socio-politically into two regions practically after Amarnath row. The alliance of fundamentally two different ideologies came into existence in 2015 under Mufti Sayeed after continous hicups. But all hopes of Jammuites slowly got dashed to the ground when BJP was relegated to junior position in Coalition Government and ministers remained ministers only without delivering much. They failed to do justice with their claim of being the soul voice of Hindus of Jammu region and Modi plank coupled with emotions in the name of development brought political turmoil in J&K by virtue of vertical split politically. Mufti went on extending thanks to militants and Pakistan for smooth conduct of elections immediately after oath ceremony. Eleven months tenure of Mufti government ended after his death and BJP ministers’ performance graph remained dismal and it faced one big agitation on AIIMS row in Jammu. After prolonged hic-ups, BJP again formed a Coalition Government with PDP, Pawan Gupta after being denied ministerial berth dissociated from BJP and left no stone unturned to oppose BJP inside and outside the assembly thereafter. Lal Singh, Sukhnandan Choudhary and later Chander Parkash remained dissatisfied. Lal Singh after Rasana row had to face exit alongwith Chander Parkash and thereafter he left no stone unturned to target local BJP leadership but he kept on making good rapport with the big bigs in BJP at New Delhi. This frustrated old BJPians in Jammu.
From amongst 24 MLAs of BJP, seven belonged to SC community and they all remained ignored. They were neither given due weightage in cabinet nor within BJP State Executives Councils. There is formidable SC population in Jammu province constituting about 28-30 per cent of total population of the Jammu province is very sharply watching the political situations in J&K. SCs got only one ministerial berth both times coalition was formed with PDP since 2015. There seemed open resentment from SC BJP MLAs like Dinanath, Dr. Krishan, Dr. Gagan Bhagat. Neelam Langeh and Kuldeep Kumar were probably given the words by Dr. Jitendra Singh that they shall be made ministers. Chennani MLA when lost hope to get ministerial berth in media created ministerial reshuffles, also became a strong critic of BJP ministers’ way of functioning. Gagan Bhagat is trapped in some domestic and social issue related to the moral behaviour. There is strong way of resentment amongst SC, ST, OBCs of Jammu province against BJP for ignoring their legitimate rights including reservation in promotions.
The BJP MLAs as well as MLCs remained not far behind in criticing their own ministers during present Assembly session. Till today, public has witnessed two strong walk over from Assembly as well as Council from BJP MLAs as well as MLCs. There was cold war between Sat Sharma (Then BJP-President), Nirmal Singh (Ex-Dy CM and now Speaker) and Kavinder Gupta (Ex-Speaker and now Ex-Dy CM). Dinanath rebuffed claims of many BJP ministers in the assembly and Arora did his job in the Council many a time. Now after breaking up of the Coalition Government, the reports are indicating that BJP is hell bent upon forming government in J&K after 15th August either with separatist turned politician Sajjad Lone or with to be splinter PDP group leader Altaf Bukhari. But before that BJP has to set its house in order. It has to satisfy SC, ST, OBCs of Jammu province that constitute formidable population in Jammu against only 15 per cent of upper caste Hindus. BJP has to satisfy border migrants and West Pak refugees, it has to prove that it really believes in Sab Kaa Saath Sab Ka Vikas and not a Brahminical mind set political outfit. This severe unrest in the BJP camp as well as amongst masses in Jammu province may prove to be ticking time bomb. In view of all these factors, it seems: All is not well in BJP and for BJP.
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