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Governor’s Rule no answer to Jammu and Kashmir’s problems: CPI-M’s Mohammed Tarigami

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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir needs a coalition of regional parties to keep out the BJP, the CPI-M’s lone legislator in the state, Mohammed Tarigami says, however adding that he doesn’t expect this to happen anytime soon.

Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami said his party always knew that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition was “an alliance of opportunists”. “Their so-called ‘Agenda of Alliance’ or ‘common minimum programme’ was merely a façade to gain power,” Tarigami told reporters over the telephone amid continuing political impasse in the state.

“Now, after (Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed) Sayeed’s demise, they are finding it difficult to re-enforce the alliance as the PDP-BJP combine has no common ground to rule, their agenda is ambiguous,” said the long-time legislator from Kulgam in south Kashmir.

Ever since her father Mufti Sayeed died in early January, Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s Rule because PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has refused to form a government with the BJP.

Speculation has it that the PDP and the BJP marriage has run into rough weather, although no one says it in so many words. Opposition parties in the state, however, feel the two are indulging in a political drama.

The National Conference, the PDP’s main foe in the Kashmir Valley, wants fresh elections. Tarigama disagrees.

“There is no need for fresh elections and waste taxpayers’ money. The state leaders should set aside their minor differences and come together to form a strong government,” he said. “They should look at the larger picture of the defeating divisive BJP-RSS policy in Kashmir.”

The PDP and the BJP are the largest and second largest parties in splintered Jammu and Kashmir assembly. The National Conference and the Congress are in the third and fourth spots.

“If you look at it, they claimed to have come together to bridge the gap between the three regions of the state. They clearly failed to do that. Or else there wouldn’t be a problem today to re-enforce the alliance.”

Would the CPI-M, with just one member in the 87-seat assembly, support an alliance minus the BJP?

“Yes, but as of now no such thing seems likely to happen,” he said.

“However, if the PDP decides to sever ties with BJP, regional parties can and definitely should come together for the greater good and form a secular and strong government in the state.”

He said the Communist Party of India-Marxist would any day support a government that respects people’s mandate and does not hurt the sentiments of any community.

Tarigami said Governor’s Rule was no answer to Jammu and Kashmir’s problems. “Governors Rule means Centre’s rule, in other words BJP’s rule.”

“The state has witnessed an unprecedented rise in incidents of communally driven violence (with the BJP pulling the strings). Jammu and Kashmir has no future with the BJP (in power).

“Babus cannot address the immediate concerns of the people. They (people) feel disconnected from the state machinery now,” the veteran politician added.

Tarigami argued that he was sure the PDP and the BJP would finally shake hands to again rule the country’s only Muslim-majority state.

“It won’t be surprising for me that the PDP-BJP will form a government. These two parties have always played with people’s sentiments. Their only aim is to gain power at any cost.”

“I’m certain they will work out their so-called differences in the coming days to form a new government.” (Shamshad Ali, IANS)(Image Courtesy: The Hindu)

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)