The transition of PDP-BJP coalition into Governor’s rule has been the smoothest despite all political hue and cry. The 2014 Assembly elections outcome was the watershed mark in government formation and at that time Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as Chief Minister guided the state with his suave, astute political marksmanship. The result was the State had odd enemies PDP-BJP as friends. No doubt it took over seven weeks to reach on a consensus for the government formation and there was no fear of Governor’s rule in the State at that time. Both BJP and PDP took their own time to understand. Emergence of a third front from the beginning was not ruled out especially when the rumours of internal disturbances within the parties were heard. But now it looks that all was speculation. At this moment PDP especially Mehabooba Mufti has full sympathy of the people and BJP does not want to miss the chance of remaining out of government especially tasting the power for the last few years. So the compulsion to remain afloat would once again make them join hands and as everyone knows even the BJP Central as well as State leadership won’t mind sacrificing few heads to keep the coalition intact and alive. Internal rivalry among the partners is what is to be closely watched and which helps in strengthening the partners existence. Mehbooba’s big challenge will be to keep the resent under control with a steady hand. Her challenges will be to keep her father’s legacy with a politics of bridge-building. Given the complexity of politics in Kashmir, terrorism and cross-border terror and Pakistan equation, the controversy over the State Flag should fly side by side with the National Flag, radicalisation of youth and more youth joining the militant ranks it will be a tough task for the Chief Minister Mehabooba Mufti.
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