The debate over the next Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir brings a point to fore that the previous ones have failed to satiate the urges and aspirations of people, especially those in the Jammu region. They want a change and change for good. The overwhelming reaction of the people in Jammu is to have a Hindu CM from Jammu.
Abhimanyu Gupta, Secretary, Traders’ Federation Ware House Nehru Market, Jammu: I wish the Chief Minister should be one with dedication, integrity and fired with the ambition of overall development of Jammu and Kashmir with special focus on Jammu region as it was always neglected by the previous governments. Further the CM must be young and dynamic with the ability to motivate and channelise youth power for the progress of Union Territory. For a change, a Hindu may be given a chance in future elections. It will be better if the new CM is one having no alliance with the existing political parties like BJP, Congress, etc. With his pragmatic vision and action he should turn J&K into a model UT ranking high in order when compared with other States and UTs. The CM must work with the agenda of development of all sectors like business, employment, tourism and change in the education system.
Kanchan Sharma, a retired government employee: ” It is a very long pending genuine demand that J&K should have a Hindu Chief Minister. Now time has come for Jammu to have a CM from their own community who is aware of the issues and problems. It was promised by the BJP in the last elections and people of Jammu supported them wholeheartedly. Though at that time BJP failed to fulfill the demand but now after abrogation of Art 370, Jammu people hope to get their desire fulfilled. We want a local Hindu from J&K and an upright leader for the slot. I think Ashok Koul has the qualities to lead and he is non controversial.
Col Dr Virendra K Sahi, VrC: “It is not a matter of being communal or communally narrow minded.But the very fact that for 73 long years in spite of varied combinations of ruling compensations, J&K has had all CMs from one sub-sect of one community.Ghulam Nabi Azad made a slight regional change; but not functional as proved by ‘Roshni’ Act.It is time for a change to give chance to the second largest community i.e. Hindus”.
Shatrughan Jamwal, President Jamwal Pandit Biradari: “J&K has been ruled by Kashmiri centric rulers, mostly from the Valley for over 70 years.I think it is the time for Jammu Chief Minister– Hindu or Muslim but it must be a Jammu Chief Minister.Whoever may be a Jammu Chief Minister, must be people friendly, development oriented, honest, futuristic , approachable and above from cheap politics. I feel the leaders who fit in the slot are Devender Singh Rana and Sham Lal Sharma.”
Tina Billowria, an entrepreneur: J&K has been under family rule mainly of two dynasties for almost seven decades. No ‘secular’ politician, political party or coalition ever thought of giving representation to the minority community. This does not augur well with democratic way of life.No matter which party gets majority next time, they must put it in their manifesto to have the next CM from the minority community of Hindus as a consideration to their aspirations. In my opinion, Ashok Koul is the right choice for the post of Chief Minister.
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