Politics of convenience

Politics of convenience

Muftis are the product of the same politics that Omar is

It’s almost certain that the PDP and communal forces are joining hands to form a coalition Government in the State, bringing the two to the same level. It was known that some PDP leaders were pushing the party towards the BJP with the sole motive of grabbing the power for the next six years and, maybe, for the last time in their life.

What will be their mode of governance? Who would be the CM and for how long? These things will be known only when a formal announcement on the issues is made by the respective parties?  However, it has been quite interesting to note how the PDP set the stage for coalition formation,  making it ‘clear’ to Kashmiris that it had no option but to ally with the BJP. Once done, they will talk about how politically convenient and important this alliance was for the State? I’d give full credit to it for befooling the people and making them believe that if the PDP didn’t form a Government with the BJP, the State would run into trouble. The two issues that were talked about much as a basis for forming a coalition—one, that we need better State-Centre relationship and, two, if the State and Central ruling party join hands, it fetches funds smoothly—have always appeared to me bizarre as they mean nothing more than surrendering the State’s right to its rightful share in the development. 

We have now been experiencing coalition governments for many years but never did GoI give more than the allocated budget to the State. The UPA government appointed too many committees that recommended so many CBMs but never were any of these CBMs implemented. It’s because of these reasons that I find Omar’s accusations against the PDP as childish because in his own time, Omar compromised on everything—AFSPA, Shopian murder, Machil encounter, Kunanposhpora rapes, Chhitisingpora massacre and many others—for the CM’s post—he even compromised his honour when a Congress minister refused to resign. Not only that, in order to stay as a minister in the Vajpayee Government, he compromised on their own  Autonomy Document which is gathering dust in Delhi. 

Who doesn’t make compromises here in Kashmir! The Muftis are the product of the same politics that Omar is and they can’t be expected to behave differently when it comes to grabbing power. This time, both PDP and BJP treaded on the path of Government formation very calculatedly so that (a) they kept the NC and Congress away and (b) people got the unwanted alliance accepted  as the only viable solution to the fractured verdict. In this regard, both PDP and BJP put out different feelers with regard to (i) the numerical  advantage that both parties enjoyed in Kashmir and Jammu, respectively, (ii) the voters’ rejecting the NC for their bad governance, (iii) the Congress being of no consequence since it was out of power in Delhi and (iv) the rotational CM for the State that would give Jammu a chance to head the government after many decades. The parties minced words so that they didn’t appear to be in urgency in forming the Government. They allowed the Guv’s rule to happen so that they got sufficient time to bring around the opposite elements in them. Now, they’re more confident because both the parties feel that if they don’t come together early, the State would be forced to go for fresh elections and that is going to be very bad for both. We should therefore expect their Government in place sometime immediately after the Delhi elections are over. Till then, both the parties will continue to talk dubiously giving the false notion that there were many contentious issues to be agreed upon. Eventually, both the parties will rule the State for the next six years. How would people react, one may ask? Who bothers? As usual, they will wait and watch the new government for six years and, then, throw it out as they did with Omar.