BJP wants Jammu CM for first half of ‘five’ years tenure
Usman Majid revolts against Congress
SPECIAL REPORT / ANCHOR
JAMMU: With political chess board laid in New Delhi to have a first political government in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, battle lines are getting tougher between the BJP and the upcoming third front for sharing the power. While the BJP is adamant on getting the first half tenure slot of Chief Minister, the third front is not ready to budge. The back-channel political maneuvering has now come into open with the stakeholders negotiating terms in Jammu and Srinagar.
Sources told STATE TIMES that Ram Madhav, the BJP National General Secretary and the key points-man of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Jammu and Kashmir is reaching Srinagar to finalise modalities before the third front, mainly comprising former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig, former finance minister Altaf Bukhari and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir, is formally launched. The presence of Muzaffar Hussain Baig has given respectability to the front, which is why many mainstream political leaders are getting drawn towards the new political outfit.
Former terrorist-turned ex-Congress MLA Usman Majid is all set to make a mega entry into the third-front. He along with scores of his supporters organised a convention this afternoon and signaled revolt against the Congress.
Addressing a convention, Majid lashed out at Congress, saying that, it is because of this party that the people of Kashmir have been suffering for the past 70 years.
He accused the Congress of ‘double speak’ and claimed, the party leadership was never sincere to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. They would speak one language in Delhi, other at Jammu and quite contrasting in Srinagar.
He also castigated the regional parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party for misleading people over self-rule and autonomy, saying that Kashmiris are suffering because of their misdeeds.
“The Congress is behind the sufferings of Kashmir people”, he said, adding that a new political party will be floated in Jammu and Kashmir very soon as the like-minded leaders have already joined hands. The party which is being floated is not backed by Bharatiya Janata Party- (BJP).
“Linking our new regional force with BJP is totally baseless and concocted. We are in touch with likeminded politicians,” he said adding that a need is being felt to fill the void between people and government. He said political representatives alone can fulfil this vacuum.
As the back screen political activities have gained momentum in the backdrop of top mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in detention under stringent Public Safety Act, more joining the front cannot be ruled out in days to come.
The political climate is likely to heat up with the arrival of Ram Madhav, which will set the agenda for elections in the Union Territory.
Political analysts foresee immediate elections in the wake up of some arrangement reached between the BJP and the third front. In that case, the BJP will not insist for delimitation process which is likely to take minimum two years.
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