Why Delay Assembly Elections?   


There is no question in the world that does not have an answer. And the questions which have an easy answer must not be asked. There are no doubt difficulties, hardship, issues, conflicts or a society that needs support both social, economic and political. There exist remedies and besides to address all issues concerned. There is hardly any section in the society which denies or cry for such things which can help them in easing their lives. Well I actually want to catch your attention towards significant issue i,e  Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh  which is headless from the last one year. There is no elected Government in the state and this is probably the first time in Indian history that a state is without elected government for such long time.

Why do we need a civilian government?  Why Assembly elections in the state are delayed? It is pertinent to mention that following the break up between north pole and south pole alliance of the BJP and PDP,  Governors  rule was imposed in the state. After the completion of Governor rule which remains for six months J&K is the only State in the Indian dominion where the Governor rule is first imposed then after said period state is brought under President rule. Needless to mention that Lok Sabha elections were held across the country and peaceful polls were also held in J&K. Newly elected PM Narendra Modi has made a claim that J&K was more peaceful than West Bengal where reports of violence were widespread. There was cry across the political spectrum the Assembly elections be held simultaneously with that of parliament. It was a challenge for Election Commission, but they did not accept it rather deferred the same. Assembly Elections were supposed to be held  in April this year. Now Union Government  cites the issue of Amarnath Yatra for delaying elections till November.

What the Central Government thinks fit it does so. I think  state remained peaceful  all the time under Governors rule but  the significance of elections cannot be ignored at all.  Why State is so disturbed is entirely a burden on the shoulders  of political parties. They have time and again deceived people of J&K. People generally boycott elections not at the instance of Hurriyat but because they don’t trust unionist parties anymore and their anger is genuine. But with time people also change. New faces have entered in the field of politics. People like Dr Shah Faesal who left his plum post with a  hope to bring a change in the state. He is the person who can be counted on along with Er. Rasheed Sahab who also is thoughtful about the system in the state. They both held a meeting recently to have pre poll alliance to form the next Government in the state.

The bigger issue besides the political dispute concerning the state of J&K is the corruption which has eroded every edifice of the state and has made life miserable. Unemployment, nepotism and favouritism is a major drwaback. The Government of India must take all necessary steps to ensure genuine people are given space, protect and safeguard the special status of the State and retain its unique identity.

Younis Ahad    



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