Old slogans won’t help

Old slogans won’t help

All political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are urging voters to come forward and exercise their franchise and elect their representatives.
Kashmir based parties, including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference seem to have realized that “boycott factor” may not help their cause.
These parties are asking the people to vote for their candidates to save the special status of the state. Since the day election campaign has commenced in the Valley a notion has been created that the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is under threat and if the people don’t vote for the regional parties Articles 35A and 370 would go.
Everyone is aware of the fact that if New Delhi wants to abrogate the special status of J&K it can do it without even telling the Kashmiri leaders. So they should stop making it a poll plank. Politicians have to look for realistic issues to contest the ongoing parliamentary polls and the assembly elections, which are likely to be held after the Lok Sabha polls end in the country. They cannot just sell old slogans and expect people to vote for them. Politicians need to realize that voters need a reason to vote. The politicians would have to work hard for restoring the faith of people in the democratic institutions and democracy. They have to convince the people that the elected representatives can solve their problems and stand by them in the hour of need.
During the past few months people have realised that elected government is a better option. Now its upto the political leaders to make people understand that their vote counts and they can hold their elected representative accountable.
Politicians have to work hard to regain their lost ground and it definitely is an uphill task.