BJP on slippery wicket

BJP on slippery wicket
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National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has dared the Bharatiya Janata Party to announce the Chief Ministerial candidate and then contest the forthcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party and former minister Naeem Akther took the union minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh head on asking him why not his party chose him as the Chief Ministerial candidate and preferred a leader, who had just won two seats in the 2014 Assembly elections.
National Conference and PDP talking in a similar tone has unnerved the BJP and it has started projecting the Kashmir based mainstream parties as “proxies of separatists” and a notion is being created that New Delhi has rejected National Conference and PDP as the options to rule the state.
Since the day Assembly has been dissolved both NC and PDP have dropped enough hints that they could come together to keep BJP away from the power. NC by offering support to the PDP to form the government last month had surprised everyone, even the BJP leaders.
The BJP would have to work very hard to make inroads in Kashmir and the party knows it very well that it cannot rule J&K without the help of Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone. But the point is would Sajad be able to make inroads into the bastions of PDP and NC? One thing is clear that PDP and NC rebels have been running towards Sajad and are slowly strengthening him. However, it remains to be seen whether he would be able to win that many seats which would help BJP to topple the NC and PDP in J&K or not?
The media reports claim that local parties in Jammu are likely to give a tough fight to BJP in Jammu region and party may not be able to repeat its 2014 performance. BJP is definitely in a spot of bother.