More delay causes unrest

More delay causes unrest

The Election Commission of India seems to have taken a decision about holding the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir. These elections are likely to be held after the annual Amarnath pilgrimage ends.
According to media reports the elections could be held in September-October this year. It means that mainstream leaders in Kashmir would have to wait for few more months. The reports about the new government at Centre mulling to set up a delimitation commission have already perturbed the Kashmiri leaders. If the Government of India decides to defreeze the delimitation it would mean that Kashmiri politicians would have to face yet another Herculean task to return to power. The delimitation would mean more Assembly seats for Jammu and Ladakh regions and would reduce the chances of Kashmiri leader holding the Chief Minister’s post.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has denied that there any delimitation proposal on cards but media reports suggest that something is on cards. The delay being caused in Assembly elections has made the Kashmiri politicians restless. Most of them believe that New Delhi is trying to corner them and wants to handle Jammu and Kashmir affairs on its own. Delhi sidelining the Kashmiri leaders is apparently giving sleepless nights to them. They are not being consulted and nor are they being told what could be the next step. It appears that mainstream leaders in Kashmir, especially National Conference and the PDP are being punished for not taking part in the Panchayat and ULB polls which were held last year. The Centre has sent a clear message to the Kashmir leaders that they have to toe the line and if they don’t do so they could get corned forever and they would be ignored for times to come.