Amid 35A clamour, BJP talks about polls

Amid 35A clamour, BJP talks about polls

Working President of Bharatiya Janata Party, J P Nadda, has asked the party leaders to get ready for the Assembly polls.
Nadda, who chaired the BJP’s core group meet in New Delhi, on Tuesday dropped enough hints about the possibility of elections being held in October-November in the state.
The ruling BJP has tried to put the speculations at rest about the abrogation of Article 35A, which allows J&K legislature to define the permanent residents of the state.
If the Election Commission of India announces the poll schedule for Jammu and Kashmir then there is every possibility of BJP turning soft towards Kashmir as it wants to make inroads into the Valley.
Kashmir is the only place in the country where BJP has not won a single Assembly or a Parliamentary seat till date. It seems that the party leadership has realized that if it wants to win any seats in the Valley then it would have to assure the people of Kashmir that it’s not against their identity and their special status.
During the past two days the Jammu and Kashmir government has also made many attempts to put the speculations to rest about Centre having any plans to abrogate the Article 35A.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday lashed out at the mainstream parties in Kashmir for “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”
He didn’t say anything about the forthcoming Assembly elections but hinted about Government having softened its stand over the contentious issues.
People of Kashmir are watching the developments keenly and have kept their fingers crossed. At present everyone wants15 August to pass off as rumours were agog that Article 35A may be lifted in the next fifteen days.