BJP’S ‘MISSION KASHMIR’

Keeping in mind next year’s Lok Sabha elections and upcoming state assembly polls, BJP president Amit Shah has set his eyes on J&K. He has set a mission for the development of Jammu and Ladakh regions which have remained neglected for ages. Many new developmental projects in these regions will be taken up on a war footing, writes PRAMOD KUMAR

After ending alliance with the PDP in J&K, the BJP is now looking to strengthen its ground in the border state ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha and assembly polls. It has set the mission named “Conquer the throne – Kashmir”.  It’s a dream project of BJP president Amit Shah which may help the party in coming elections. In fact, Shah has been working on it since the formation of the BJP government at the Centre. The initial message given by him to party workers is: the era of discrimination for Jammu and Ladakh is over. This time the chief minister of this state will be from the Jammu region. He has taken the command in his own hands and has asked state party functionaries to write a new history.
The script is well researched. It is packed with many surprises in store. At least half a dozen central ministries have to take up flagship developmental projects in Jammu and Ladakh. Almost all the central ministries will take up projects with people’s participation schemes with a perfect correlation between the PMO and J&K Governor’s House. A coordination committee of top local BJP leadership from Jammu and Ladakh is supposed to be formed for the supervision purpose. Amit Shah wants maximum involvement of locals in the upcoming developmental projects.
According to sources, the BJP aims to finish some short-term projects before the country goes for the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. In the same way some mega projects may take off as soon as getting the nod from the central cabinet. It is learnt that some private projects are also coming up in border areas which may create job opportunity for local youths. In fact, NITI Aayog has recommended for the setting up of production units on the heights of Ladakh, conducive for the electronics industry.
Talking to ‘Daily-Indian.com’, national general secretary of the BJP Ram Madhav termed the ending of the alliance as a compulsion. Madhav also slammed BJP’s former coalition partner PDP for succumbing to “domestic political compulsion” and “failing to live up to its promise”. He alleged that on one hand pressure groups did not allow the government to function. On the other, discrimination continued with Jammu and Ladakh regions in matters of development. “We wanted to develop the regions since the very beginning. The projects meant for these regions were not implemented on the ground by the state government despite repeated pressure for equitable development of the state. In fact, what previous governments could not do in 70 years we had tried to do in four years. But neither development took place nor did violence come to a halt. So we decided to end the alliance. Now the security forces will do their own job. The Centre will initiate all possible steps for maintaining peace besides completing the pending developmental projects,” Madhav said.
According to official records, the Centre had given an economic package of Rs 80,000 crore and 64 projects to the J&K government during the last four years, of which Rs 61,000 crore have already been released but most of the projects are yet to start. In some cases the state government has not initiated for the release of its share for the projects. The main projects which are pending are: Smart City Jammu, AIIMS for Srinagar and Jammu, IIM for Jammu, some legislation permissions for ST status for Gujjars and Bakarwals, package for refugees from PoK, and rail and road projects.
According to sources, a joint secretary-level officer of the PMO has been assigned for the coordination with the J&K Governor’s House. For better coordination with the Centre, B B Vyas, adviser to Governor N N Vohra, will take responsibility of all infra and Ladakh affairs and another adviser, K Vijay Kumar, will coordinate with the Centre on social and administrative matters.
Now the question ,what are  the calculations  of  BJP  to form its own government.   BJP is still  single largest party in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, the upper house of the state assembly. It was the highest achievement for the party.
The party has now 11 lawmakers in the 33- member Council, followed by its ally PDP with 10 members while the opposition National Conference and Congress have six legislators each.
The tally of BJP in Assembly was 25 with a total 26.23 percentage of votes. where as its former alliance partner  PDP bagged 28 seats with 23.85 percent votes and other regional party JKN bagged 15 seats  with 21 percent vote.
According to sources, this time BJP wants to contest as many as all 87 assembly seat. In last assembly elections 40 out of total  75  contestant lost their deposits. This time the command has been taken by Shah himself .His junior Madhaw has done all possible research of best candidates  in Jaamu and Ladakh region. BJP knows that valley is not the favorable turf for it ,so it  may extend under carpet support to other influential regional out fits, just to  reduce  the vote percentage  of PDP And National Conference. it is possible that top leaders of both the regional parties may face corruption charges  as indicated by BJP president.BJP may come with unexpected announcement regarding common civil code. Says Lal Singh Former Minister ,BJP is going to write  new chapter lets  wait and watch…ends
Pramod  Kumar