CLEAR THE MIST

Since the ideologically opposite BJP and the PDP took over the reins of India’s crown state, on Martyrs’ Day observed every year on July 13 officially at the state level, the absence of the BJP representation at the official function raises a question mark on the marriage of convenience between these two parties and the moral sanctity of the present coalition government in J&K in ruling the state. Like previous year the BJP again stayed away from the state function at Mazar-e-Shoudha in the downtown Srinagar where 22 Kashmiris who had got killed during Dogra rule in police firing in 1931 outside the Central Jail, Srinagar, were laid to rest. The reason for BJP staying away from the function is quite obvious as it refuses to accept those who laid down their lives on this day in 1931 as martyrs and observes the day as “Black Day”. This gives every reason to the people of the state both in Jammu as well as in Kashmir to be suspicious about the credibility of the coalition government that had promised Development and Good Governance keeping the controversial issues on the backburner. It is a fact that there have been umpteen instances of friction between the two partners which was expected in view of the serious ideological differences between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Peoples Democratic Party. It needs a special mention that even after the release of Masrat Alam the BJP had admitted to its ideological differences with the Peoples Democratic Party and asserted that it is ready to make any sacrifice for national integrity. Even the Home Minister Rajnath Singh had then asserted in Rajya Sabha that there is no doubt that there are ideological differences between BJP and PDP. The question in everyone’s mind in J&K is that how can the two allies be in a position to deliver governance when there are fundamental ideological differences between the two? Is it not befooling the people by the coalition partners with the Chief Minister and PDP coterie paying rich tributes to the Martyrs of July 13, 1931 describing them as brave heroes who laid down their lives against suppression and autocracy while on the contrary the alliance partner BJP going on the back foot by even ignoring to observe ‘Black Day’ in Jammu during Mufti Sayeed’s tenure despite the fact that before joining the coalition government in the state BJP had been regularly organizing July 13 as Black Day in Jammu and now BJP leaders openly announcing that they are observing July 13 as “Black Day”. In such a situation leaders of both the parties leaders can’t escape answering a volley of questions from those who voted for them in their respective constituencies. BJP’s statement on entering into alliance with PDP justifying the formation of government with PDP in the state needs to be recalled today. It had stated that alliance was necessitated due a fractured mandate and the party joined hands with an intent of ensuring that the state develops and flourishes. But how could the state develop or flourish when the two partners are steering in absolutely opposite directions? It seems that this factor that should have been visualized not only by BJP but PDP too before entering into alliance was ignored by both in sheer greed to grab power. Unfortunately even BJP had to remain contented with performing as back benchers amongst the PDP stalwarts who had tons of governance experience as compared to zero governance experience of BJP in the state. As a result, BJP has been at the receiving end with PDP having called the shots taking vital decisions. While coming time will decide and reveal the moral credibility of the coalition partners in governing the state, it is high time for both the coalition partners to conduct an unbiased and sincere introspection and clear the mist that has gathered in abundance till date before it is too late.