Politics over tribals

Politics over tribals
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti directing the authorities to desist from dislocating tribals across the state has come as relief for the tribals especially in the Jammu region.
The CM’s explicit directive has come at a time when the cabinet sub-committee headed by Tribal Affairs minister Choudhary Zulfikar Ali is in the process of “evolving consensus” between the ruling alliance partners PDP and BJP over the tribal policy which is being formulated.
However, PDP’s coalition partner BJP has rejected the idea of not displacing the tribals and has termed the meeting note as “baseless and fabricated.”
Since the day PDP-BJP coalition has come into power into the state tribals have been at the receiving end. Many have been dislocated during the past three years at one or other pretext.
BJP has been supporting their eviction as the saffron party leaders are of the opinion that tribals have grabbed the state land and are promoting bovine smuggling. There have been instances in the past that tribals were attacked and their live stock was snatched.
The PDP is trying to protect the Gujjars and Bakerwals as the party believes that they are the potential voters and can help the party win elections.A legislation has also been proposed to provide legal sanctity to the forest rights of Gujjars and Bakerwals. The government has asked the Forest department to expedite the process of furnishing its comments on the bill.
The increasing number of Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu region looks like is pinching the BJP. It wants to control the Jammu region in its own way. May be evicting the nomad community could help its cause. But PDP is opposing the move of its ally tooth and nail.