Cong leader who floated idea of J&K having Hindu CM, throws ‘tantrums’ again

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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, May 22: Senior Vice-President of the Pradesh Congress Committee and the former Minister Shyam Lal Sharma resigning from the coveted party post has once again brought the Congress party on the cross roads.
It may be recalled that Sharma in 2014 had tendered his resignation from Omar Abdullah led government just one day before the tenure of the erstwhile National Conference-Congress regime ended. Soon after tendering his resignation he had floated the idea of having Hindu Chief Minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Sharma had sniffed defeat of the Congress party well in advance in 2014 and was looking for an escape route. When he had resigned from the council of ministers at that point of time speculations were rife that he may join Bharatiya Janata Party but his plan did not materialize.”
He said, “After losing power the Congress leaders in Jammu region have become irrelevant and they are gasping for breath.”
The analyst claimed that BJP playing Hinduvata card has left little space for the Congress leaders. “These so-called secular leaders have started believing that if they have to survive in politics they too would have to toe the hard line,” he added.
A politician said that reason cited by Sharma for his resignation is strange. “Like other people he too has raised the bogey of Jammu region being neglected. One fails to understand how come Jammu has been neglected. And who has neglected the Jammu region. Everyone knows it very well that Jammu region has witnessed massive development during the past three decades and Jammu is fast turning into a metropolitan city. Discrimination bogey is nothing but a hoax. ”
Sharma has reportedly blamed the JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir for his exit and has said that Mir’s “autocratic approach” has forced him to call it a day. “It looks like that politics in Jammu region has been polarized to the hiltand politicians are hell bent upon pitting Jammu against Kashmir,” said a Kashmir watcher.
An insider revealed that Sharma is close to the ousted BJP Minister Lal Singh and both of them during the recent past have met on several occasions to chalk out the future strategy. “There are speculations that a few people in Jammu region are mulling a Third Front to counter the BJP. For doing so they want to build a counter Hinduvata narrative. In coming days there is every possibility about leaders from different parties throwing new surprises,” the insider added.