BLUNT BUTCHER / ANCHOR
Manthan, or churning; that is precisely what the BJP National President Amit Shah did for two days in ‘once’ bastion of his party in Jammu. He is reported to have spoken to his ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti led government, who are perceived as worst power hungry entities Jammu has ever witnessed. He has also conferred with party legislators, who despite huge infirmities became lawmakers because of the charisma and persona of Narendra Modi. Most of them got exposed even before completion of a year of their election, as a lot of intriguers and schemers, interested in just amassing whatever comes their way. None of the two-the ministers and the legislators-however, qualify to be politicians because they have got their prefixes and suffixes due to larger than life size of Modi, who made non-entities as entities.
With a negative public image of his herd in this Duggerland, how can Amit Shah realise his vision of Mission+44 in 2020 (if the legislature survives till then) or get strength for the boss Modi in 2019, which he unfolded before prominent citizens of the Temple City? This question must be haunting him after taking off from the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Amit Shah must be hogged about future of the BJP in this part of north India that is crucial for integrity of the nation. So must be core voters and supporters who blessed Narendra Modi with record 25 seats in Legislative Assembly in 2014. They did not vote for individuals, some of whom were naïve in politics and unknown even in their close vicinities. The people supported them to strengthen Narendra Modi by ignoring their credentials. They reposed their trust in them because of the ‘party with difference’ sponsoring them. What went wrong in just few months that disenchanted Jammuites, who were thrilled to have their ‘voice’ in the government? The reasons might be numerous but the high command’s patent patronage to a sitting minister involved in land grabbing, despite serious Court strictures, baffled them. So did the credible charges of land-grab and nepotism by other nearly a dozen ministers; exchange of lakhs of rupees for effecting transfers and postings besides awarding contracts; complete freedom to violators in lieu of considerations etcetera. The BJP did not thought it prudent to dispel widespread allegations against its own ministers thus according a sort of credibility to the charges getting circulated in public domain. The disillusionment with the present BJP lot has crossed all limits and the people have lost any hope with them, as far as governance is concerned, least to speak of restoring Jammu’s pride or freeing it from the shackles of decades’ long subjugation.
Does this mean end of the BJP in Jammu? The answer will be ‘no’ because the love for this nationalist organisation is refusing to die down among patriots who have withstood a nightmarish slavery inflicted by Kashmir centric rulers of all hues for nearly seventy years in league with their Jammu lackeys. The present BJP lot has strengthened this horrendous perception by bowing before their masters rather shamelessly and awkwardly.
The Jammu BJP stands dwarf before larger than life cut-outs of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Idiomatically, it seems like ‘odd man out’ in the larger BJP family. Assuming BJP high command to be unaware of the functioning of its J and K unit, especially ministers, legislators and senior leaders, would be travesty of truth, given the established and strong mechanism of feedback put in place by Amit Shah. Delhi knows what the Jammu BJP is doing.
In the grim scenario of saffron outfit losing its sheen, the big question uncomforting the vast mass of Sangh supporters in Jammu is whether the BJP is still relevant in this part of the country? The answer will, of course, be ‘yes’. Is there any alternative to the BJP in the Jammu region? The answer will be ‘no’. Can Jammu get along with the parties that have openly turned out soft secessionists after getting out of power? The answer is sure ‘no’. Is, therefore, the BJP indispensable for Jammu? The answer is ‘yes’. Will they support the BJP in future trials anymore, given the apologetic performance of its ministers, leaders and others? Again the answer will be ‘yes’ but with a rider. The conditional affirmation is something the BJP national president should ponder over, if the intention is what he unfolded in Jammu yesterday.
He will be overstressed to find out the way out for retrieving lost support for his BJP in its traditional strong-hold. The solution is not beyond comprehension. He will have to repeat Delhi Model, which has earned the BJP two-thirds in recent civic elections in the national capital. The same model will have to be repeated in Jammu if BJP really wants to survive and remain relevant in this sensitive State.
The beginning should start for now. He will have to search for a fresh and vibrant lot to replace all the sitting legislators. The BJP has to come before people in new avatar, as it did in Delhi.
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