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Jammu has ‘no voice’ in J&K Assembly!;NC, Cong bat for Kashmir, BJP is ‘tight-lipped’

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JAMMU: The much awaited first Assembly session of the State’s first woman Chief Minister Mehbooba led PDP-BJP government started with a bang on January 2 but unfortunately, the House has ‘no voice’ for Jammu as National Conference and Congress raked up 2016 unrest besides the Kashmir bogey. The BJP in alliance with the PDP is ‘tight-lipped’ on issues concerning Jammu and its populace.
On the first day of the Assembly session, NC and Congress allegedly ‘disrespected’ the National Anthem before the start of the Governor address, which was followed by disruption.
It sounds astonishing, but is a fact that in the ongoing Budget Session, having only 24 sittings, none of the political party will be voice of Jammu people as National Conference beat the drum of 2016 killings on the second day asking PDP Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti either to own the responsibility or step down, whereas the Congress lashed out at BJP on demonetisation, promises made in 2014 campaigning and having alliance with the PDP.
“It is proved that National Conference, which is even opposing permanent settlement of West Pakistani Refugees, will not talk of Jammu and its grievances despite having couple of its legislators from the Jammu region,” political analysts said.
They said that Congress is hand-in-glove with the National Conference, to which they enjoyed coalition from 2008 to 2014 headed by none other than its working president Omar Abdullah. “Congress will also be opposing the domicile certificates to WPRs and will only hit out at its arch-rival BJP due to their political competition at the central level,” political pundits said.
With reports pouring in that PDP rebel and former minister Tariq Hamid Karra joining the Congress Party in the days to come, he will be their face in the Kashmir Valley against ruling PDP in the State, which clears the dust that the national party will never ever speak for Jammu and its welfare.
“Karra may be the face of Congress in the Kashmir Valley soon and obviously he too will toe the Valley centric line, which used to be resented by those who lost the 2014 elections in Jammu,” said an expert.
At the same time, people who voted BJP to power with a ray of hope that they will be their ‘voice’ in the State, were dejected after the saffron brigade joined hands with Peoples Democratic Party having late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in chief ministerial chair on March 1, 2015.
“No matter the PDP is in alliance with the BJP but Mehbooba’s heart keeps beating for Kashmir and its people,” they asserted.
BJP is ‘helpless’ being in coalition with the PDP and none of their ministers and legislators, will go against the decisions taken by the PDP headed government. They will rather defend PDP at all junctures.
What an irony that regional parties including the PDP and National Conference are eyeing only the appeasement of Kashmiris whether into power or out of it and the national party Congress, too on the same track for vote back politics and those, who were relied upon (BJP) can do nothing except ‘saving their chair’ by remaining ‘deaf and dumb’ to Jammu cause.

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