Expanding J&K’s Political Spectrum – Jammu and Kashmir Latest News | Tourism
Mahesh Chander Sudan
We the people of Jammu and Kashmir have once again been exposed to a staged political explosion to pierce the fragile glass-covered political spectrum of the Union Territory and gain a substantive position by Ghulam Nabi Azad, a congressional veteran who coordinated his loyalists and laid the groundwork for the launch of a new political entity. The rally was apparently organized to show strength and impact the political regime of Jammu and Kashmir mainly by weakening the Congress and garnering public support for its future endeavor. The attendance of about 70 defected Congress leaders and the public support on the ground noticed in the rally in Jammu must be seen in various connotations. As reported by local media in recent days and also spread by word of mouth by its supporters, the rally was organized to launch a new political party and not just a rally to justify its resignation from the Indian National Congress. However, the political explosion staged by a leader of his stature would certainly affect the political landscape of the Union Territory both in terms of the distribution of mandates and the formation of the future government.
As a citizen of independent India, he has the right to advance politically either by forming his own political party or by remaining in the arrangement existing at this stage of his career, but all political leaders who intend to remain in public life are accountable to their supporters. , supporters and the general public. He deserves to be honored for his new endeavor at a time when his fellow citizens of the Union Territory find themselves powerless to exercise their democratic rights for one reason or another. It is also an established fact that he has been in politics for almost five decades and that he holds an important position among his contemporaries and that he would have carefully studied every step of his moves, be it timing, collateral support , ideological relevance, public urge to embrace change, and a few other important ingredients that would guide her sailing course. A leader of his seniority who crossed the hierarchical pedestal and occupied important places throughout his political career, especially while being in the same party, earned him the credit and admiration of the public. He, however, decided to remain in central politics, but continued to maintain close contact with the political configuration of his home state. It is also an undeniable fact that he could hardly manage to win elections in J&K except for CM J&K’s tenure from 2005 to 2008 under the Congress coalition government arrangement with the PDP. Most of his tenure as a parliamentarian remained confined to Rajya Sabha (Upper House) except for one when he managed to win the Lok Sabha seat in Washim (Maharashtra) as a candidate sponsored by Congress and this no doubt speaks to his ability to maintain close confidential contact with the Gandhi family which had also enabled him to serve as Secretary General in charge of most of the states. Despite a moderate performance in electoral politics, he was able to maneuver positively to secure a ministerial position as Minister of Health and Family Welfare with Dr. Manmohan Singh during UPA-I.
I’m sure his detractors will also admit his ability to remain calm, confident, cheerful and a soft-spoken person who can extract positivity from any situation and all those soft skills he’s honed make you think about the current scenario which emerged at the end of his tenure as a member of Rajya Sabha which was quite hectic and well orchestrated. His decision to step down as a senior member of Congress and return to state politics as a true ‘AZAD’ caught the attention of people across the spectrum of multi-polarized society in Jammu and Kashmir. This infers that his decision to return to state politics from the height of his political career is likely engineered and guided by other stakeholders and not simply forced. All of these assumptions/presumptions would find an answer in the future, as politics is full of uncertainties anyway.
The former J&K state has been through many ups and downs since 2018, when the PDP + BJP coalition government failed to pave the way for the imposition of governor’s rule which continues to this day. Withdrawal of Sections 370 and 35A, reorganization of the former state into two UTs have upended the policy of J&K unlike any other part of the Indian Union. In the given scenario which ultimately denied the democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to elect their own government, it created a deep-rooted political vacuum and instilled a sense of helplessness among the local residents due to multiple reasons. The highest unemployment rate on record, endemic corruption in public offices, recruitments and other public utilities like electricity, water etc., apparently due to insufficient and inefficient administration under LG and its limited team of advisors, need not be elaborated further. At this critical juncture, the dramatic entry of Azad Sahib, as he is popularly known, could hopefully save the commoners and to some extent realign the political landscape of UT provided he is not pre-designed and guided to a pre-fixed program.
Among others, the delay in launching the political party as pointed out by Mr. Azad during a public rally would prove not only unhealthy but also against the call of the hour. People from all walks of life are of the view that this seething political outburst of the Azad factor may not last long and that any delay in holding elections beyond six months would change the scenario. Right now, he is considered a powerful leader to hold the key, but the passage of time may leave him only as a contender. His track record in electoral politics, particularly at J&K, as noted earlier, may not adequately support the claims of his supporters and other stakeholders. Sailing for him is bad weather and full of challenges that would test his ability to stay the course as expected by UT’s poor. However, the future holds the key and it is expected that his entry into state politics can help broaden UT’s political spectrum for the greater welfare of JKUT residents who aspire to regain statehood and form popular government through established constitutional arrangements and in most democracies. way.
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat.
The author is Wg Cdr (Retd)