The Union Government’ much hyped Beti Padho, Beti Bachao compaign looks to have hit a political low in Jammu and Kashmir. The politics of coalition has left Bharatiya Janata Party a hapless partner. The party despite winning the maximum seats in the last Lok Sabha elections, giving Jammu a bargaining power and share in government hardly has got any voice. Say it some as a ‘hand of miscreant’ the appearance of Asiya Andrabi of Dukhtaran-e-Milat considered to be part of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference in the Kashmir Valley. The helpless and docile partner is playing a second fiddle to the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and agrees to all the overtures of coalition partner. Its leaders bow, bend, stoop and silently agree whatever is served. The haplessness of the party was visible when two youth from Jammu unfurled BJP flag at Lal Chowk were arrested where as display of Pakistan and ISIS flags never attracted any such punishments. The Agenda of Alliance the umbilical cord of coalition looks has been ruptured at many places. But the compulsion to retain the place in the government will keep the saffron outfit silent forever. This is not the first time a coalition is in place. Before, this Congress had alliance with PDP and its Chief Minister in Ghulam Nabi Azad and when ties turned sore PDP pull the rug from Congress’s feet. Then came National Conference and Congress alliance which again saw Congress relegated to second fiddle and now PDP-BJP combine here also story is the same. All throughout Kashmir-centric parties only dominated Jammu and Kashmir politics and no Jammu-centric outfit had any say in the political set up of the State. The prevailing atmosphere of political uncertainty and chaos with no sign of basic governance and stability looks to some extent a reality and the hangover of the same will be carried over to Jammu when the Darbar moves in next month. There is no doubt that BJP’s dilemma is PDP’s advantage.
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