Has a crack appeared in Jammu and Kashmir coalition headed by PDP and assisted by BJP? The rumblings started from the district status agitation being staged in the Jammu region for Nowshera, Sunderbani, Kalakote and Kotranka by the people of these places. Today the political parties have taken a cue from the stir and leaders have come forward with resignations. The Jammu region has BJP majority and has been feeling suffocated because of Kashmir-appeasing policies and neglect of Jammu region. However, externally these leaders show a brave face with all smiles saying ‘all is well with coalition’. The compulsion to put up a brave face is that New Delhi does not want any negative signal going in the public especially with political air getting braced up for the second term of BJP at Centre which is in 2019. Now, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu deviating from the over seven decade old line of the government termed Jammu and Kashmir should not be seen as a political issue which has evoked political reactions. The party, PDP, has demanded that Drabu retract from his stand. But why has he taken such a posture? Is everything fine within the party circles? “Don’t see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now. We are trying to find our own space and we are going through a process which many other countries are also going through,” Drabu had said. As the news goes the Finance Minister has been removed from the party. Earlier, a rift came into public was when the Centre was mulling various options to deal with the worsening law and order problems in the Valley. There is a growing confidence deficit in Delhi that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is slipping out of hands. The situation in Kashmir has worsened after by-elections for Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 in 2017. Eight persons were killed on polling day and scores were injured in firing by security forces. The elections saw a low voter turnout of just 7 per cent which is seen as the biggest setback for pro-India and mainstream politics in Kashmir.
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