Srinagar, Dec 18: Bharatiya Janata Party winning the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh has sent alarm bells ringing for Congress party in Jammu and Kashmir. The party which shared power in J&K for 12-years is in complete doldrums at present as it lost the 2014 parliamentary and assembly polls in J&K with a heavy margin.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “BJP continuing with its winning spree is an indication that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would continue to hold the top post till 2024. Demonetization and imposition of Goods Service Tax (GST) has hardly made any difference. People are tilted towards BJP and Prime Minister Modi.”
He said, “Jammu had remain the citadel of the Congress party since 1947 but BJP started making inroads in Jammu from 2008 onwards and since then party has not looked back. During the past nine years many Congress loyalists have joined BJP and the way saffron party is going on we can see many more faces joining the BJP coming days.”
A politician said, “BJP Tsunami hitting Jammu region has buried the Congress party. The big leaders of the party are struggling to put their acts together. Despite ruling J&K for 12 consecutive years they have no idea about how to regain their lost foothold. Many people believe that factionalism within the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir has been responsible for party losing the way in the state.”
He said, “In Congress party everyone is a big leader and they don’t want to work under the united leadership. If the Congress leaders fail to gauge the gravity of the situation they may end up again on the losing side. If Congress loses 2020 assembly elections in J&K there is every possibility of it getting wiped out from the political arena of the state.”
“Since the day Congress lost power in Jammu and Kashmir its leaders disappeared from the scene and have not even made an attempt to come out and reach out to the people who used to vote for the party in the past. Congress leaders need to introspect what has gone wrong and what they can do to do the things right. There is resentment against the BJP in Jammu region but Congress has not made any attempt to encash it. The local parties which were wiped out in 2014 assembly polls are trying to highlight the failures of the BJP ministers but in the long run these parties cannot emerge as big winners,” the politician added.
A Kashmir watcher said, “The way BJP is performing is a challenge for the Congress party and its new chief Rahul Gandhi. The New Congress chief has to work very hard to set his party in order in Jammu and Kashmir.”