Poor performance, lobbyism within BJP prime reason for delay: Former party legislator
Centre in search for new faces in JK
Jammu, January 23
The appointment of fourth Advisor to the Governor has put end to all the speculations regarding conduct of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir probably in coming months and is perceptible indicator of the center’s intentions to continue with President Rule in the State.
However, former legislator of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), wishing not to be named revealed that poor performance of the party, besides internal bickering within the party is the prime reason, the center has opted for lingering president rule in the state.
“It is absolute fact that there is huge internal lobbyism within the BJP due to which the central high command is apprehensive of conducting early elections in the state,” said former legislator, adding that the high command is also taking time to identify new faces for the assembly elections.
There were couple of observations expressed by the party high command in New Delhi, expressing their displeasure and dismay over the functioning of the party.
“The party high command was not happy with the working of the BJP leadership in Jammu and Kashmir. They took several harsh decisions, but nothing improved and finally they had to call off coalition with PDP,” said legislator, adding that ‘monopoly’ of PDP was just a pretext, as party had received complaints against party leaders for indulging into corrupt and anti-party activities.
Party legislator further revealed that incidents like Kathua rape, release of stone pelters in Kashmir and other Kashmir centric decisions were not appreciated by the party high command, as already conveyed to them by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
He further revealed that the party high command in New Delhi then deputed Satya Pal Malik to takeover the reigns of Jammu and Kashmir as Governor, who tried to control the damage.
“At present party is focusing on Kashmir and Ladakh. They are appeasing Kashmiris by pumping huge funds, especially in sports and other activities. They are trying to keep people in Ladakh happy by promising union territory. The party is not doing anything in Jammu as it is believed that Prime Minister-Narendra Modi can influence people of Jammu anytime,” stated former party legislator, adding “Now, appointment of fourth advisor to Governor is an apparent sign of centre’s intentions of not conducting early elections in the State.”
Pertinent to mention here that former IAS officer Skandan Krishnan would be the fourth advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. His appointment comes over a month after B B Vyas resigned from the post following his selection as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).