Shah leaves political parties guessing

Shah leaves political parties guessing

Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his 2-day visit to Kashmir took the stock of the situation and directed the security forces to “crush militancy.”
He didn’t talk about holding any dialogue with the separatists nor did he give much importance to the leaders of mainstream parties in Kashmir. His visit remained confined to reviewing the security and the progress made in implementing development projects in the state. There was nothing political about his visit.
The Home Minister’s Kashmir visit has made it clear that New Delhi for time being is not interested in starting any political initiative vis-a-vis Kashmir and it wants to handle the prevailing situation in its own way.
There is bleak possibility about Assembly elections being held in the state soon. Recently the Government of India stated that the Election Commission of India has not finalized any date for holding polls in the state.
The mainstream politicians in Kashmir are struggling to keep themselves relevant in a difficult situation. It seems New Delhi has decided to first restore calm and then think about restarting the political process in Jammu and Kashmir. The political initiative seems to have taken a back seat. On Friday Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Parliament to extend the President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months. It appears that President’s rule will continue till next year and decision to hold Assembly elections in the state could be taken in 2020. For time being Kashmir based parties may have to remain content with having three NC leaders from the Valley in the Parliament as Shah has not even hinted at the possibility about these parties being roped in to handle Kashmir. Shah’s main focus seems to be development and the security scenario.