‘One nation one election’ debate heats up

‘One nation one election’ debate heats up

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing an All Party Meet in New Delhi to discuss the ‘one nation, one election’ idea has evoked a mixed response from Kashmiri politicians.
National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah has not opposed the idea but has suggested that a proper thought should be given to it so that the process doesn’t disturb the federal structure of the country. On the other hand Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti has hinted that her party doesn’t approve the idea. “Our country is marked by diversity of all kinds and the biggest challenge is to maintain this diversity and no attempts should be made to dilute it,” Mehbooba said.
At present the political parties in Kashmir are concerned about Assembly elections not being held in the state. More than “one election, one nation” politicians in J&K want Assembly elections to be held at the earliest as it has been nearly an year since J&K has been under New Delhi’s rule.
Despite National Conference raising the pitch to hold the Assembly elections in the state Centre has not paid any heed towards them.
According to the media reports Dr Farooq Abdullah during the APM also demanded that Assembly elections in J&K should be held without any further delay.
In fact NC has not rejected the idea of “one nation, one election” outrightly as the party it seems wants to remain in the good books of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It looks like that Kashmiri leaders have realized that if they want to retain the power they cannot oppose the Centre. No party in J&K can rule the state without Centre’s support and at present none of the parties in Kashmir is in a position to oppose the ideas being mooted by New Delhi.