Kashmiri leaders go into hibernation

Kashmiri leaders go into hibernation

Since the day Lok Sabha polls have ended, political parties in Jammu and Kashmir seem to have gone in hibernation. Their spirits have been dampened due to the Election Commission of India announcing that decision about holding the Assembly elections would be taken after the annual Amarnath Yatra ends.
Speculations about the Government of India (GoI) mulling to go for delimitation
before the next Assembly elections could be held are giving sleepless nights especially to Kashmir based politicians. They are aware about the fact that if freeze on delimitation ends it would mean that Jammu region could get more seats. This would make competition tough for the Kashmiri leaders and it could mean that the next chief minister would be from Jammu region.
Since the day BJP led NDA government has taken over the reins of the country it has made the life difficult for the Kashmiri leaders. They have not been able to get their way. It seems New Delhi is no mood to listen to any of the politicians. It wants to handle J&K in its own way.
The National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah too seems to have gone into his shell. It seems reports about delimitation have perturbed him. When BJP pulled out from the PDP led government in the Jammu and Kashmir, Omar had sniffed a chance about his party returning to power in the state. In fact NC winning all the three parliamentary seats in Kashmir has already set the ball rolling. If delimitation reports are just speculations then NC can heave a sigh of relief. It would rekindle the hope of NC leadership to see Omar Abdullah once again becoming the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. For time being Kashmiri leaders have no other option other than to wait and watch.