The raging debate over the next Chief Minister for Jammu and Kashmir is fast catching the imagination of the people, the real fountain of power in a democracy. Several name are making rounds but where the choice will end up, will be interesting to watch.
Vijay Bakshi, Councillor, Municipal Committee, Nowshera: There is no denial that erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir State has elected all the previous Chief Ministers from a particular community only as the politics has all along been Kashmir centric.Our Constitution allows every eligible person to cast vote and contest elections without any religious discrimination. So ‘Hindu CM for J&K’ is not appropriate as we all know that J&K is an integral part of India with a religious diversity and it is our duty to ensure that the legitimate interests and rights of all the communities are safeguarded in the Union Territory, irrespective of their religion. So whoever becomes the CM, he or she should not be only the CM of Hindus but of all the residents of the Union Territory. Our former Chief Minister Ghulab Nabi Azad is one such leader who is loved by masses irrespective of religion or community. But one thing should be noted that election process in the UT should be on fair terms so that only eligible candidates come to the mainstream politics and represent our UT.
Kulbir Jamwal, Director, Jambu Consulting Services: The people Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory are suffering on all fronts due to irresponsible attitude of previous governments. Voters are now realising the need to review their political interests. There is no trust left for the existing outmoded and single community centric political parties.Being the minority section of the J&K, Hindus have always been ignored and treated as beggars by the system. Now it is the time to bring someone to the power corridors whose voice is so blunt that it can awaken the administration from deep slumber. In such a situation, youth icon Advocate Ankur Sharma seems to be the utmost relevant person for the post of Chief Minister of UT as he is always there in the headlines as ‘whistle blower’ of all those issues which were losing hope under the rule of self-declared ‘Aakas’ of J&K.
Sandeep Singh, President National Awami United Party: The leaders of our party, both in Kashmir and Jammu divisions, support a Hindu Chief Minister because from the past many decades almost all successive governments in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir were headed by CMs from a particular community and from a particular region. The successive governments totally failed to unite both the regions on development issues and discrimination is still going on with Jammu region particularly. We are hoping that a Hindu CM in the Union Territory will end this discrimination on regional and religious basis. This is the right time to explore the areas in which we are lagging behind. There are many things like self-reliance, Central Government policies and schemes where common man is still facing many problems and hardships to avail desired benefits from them. The successive governments have only destroyed Jammu and Kashmir by indulging in corrupt practices and dividing the people in both the regions for mere political gains.
Shilpa Sudan, student, Govt College for Women Parade: BJP is making assurances that there will be a Hindu Chief Minister now. But in my opinion, there is no one here in J&K who has the capabilities to be CM. Let’ the elections take place and on the basis of seats won by the political parties, the future CM will be chosen.After the abrogation of Article 370, there are many challenges, which are being braved by the youth. The next government requires caliber to do a lot in the sectors of education and employment besides resolving other development issues.The level of education in our Union Territory is known to everyone. Everyone cannot afford to go outside the UT to pursue higher education. Whether the next CM is Hindu or Muslim, he or she should have vast knowledge to help the students for a brighter tomorrow. Among the local leaders within J&K BJP, I have no choice.
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