Mainstream disappointed

Mainstream disappointed
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Election Commission of India deciding not to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir at least for the time being has disappointed the mainstream parties in the state.
When ECI team visited Kashmir all the mainstream parties suggested that assembly elections should be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. But the ECI has turned their proposal citing “security reasons.”
Governor’s rule was imposed in the state in June last year when BJP pulled out from the PDP led regime. After that political parties made an attempt to form the government again but Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the J&K Assembly paving way for the imposition of President’s rule in the state.
Political parties know it very well that Lok Sabha elections won’t help their cause as these are meant for having a government at place in New Delhi. Many people believe that if BJP returns to power in the Centre then there is every possibility about Governor’s rule continuing in the state as the party believes that still lot needs to be done to restore normalcy in the state.
Mainstream parties, especially in Kashmir have realized, that their space has been choked and if the assembly polls are not held it would be difficult for them to survive on the political arena of the Valley. Last nine months have made it clear that BJP wants to rule J&K directly through its own representative. It looks like that mainstream parties don’t fit in anywhere in GoI’s changed Kashmir policy. Mainstream parties have been pushed to the brink as their leaders are being asked to prove their loyalty again and decide on which side they want to be. If they want to be on Delhi’s side then they would have to endorse the policies of the central government without making any noise and if they want to talk about political dimensions of Kashmir then they can act as fence sitters and watch the developments.

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