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Surprises Never Cease In Politics

Updated: December 20, 2014 9:30 am

It came like a bolt of lightening, it was so unexpected. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced it would oppose Article 370 of the Indian Constitution under which the solitary Muslim-majority State, Jammu & Kashmir enjoys a special status within the Indian Union and demanded not only its abrogation in the national interest but also trifurcation of the State into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh States.

This could be described as a major onslaught on the Kashmiri leadership, which has been misruling the State and exploiting the people of Jammu and Ladakh to the hilt since 1947, when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru manipulated transfer of political power from Jammu to Kashmir to pander to communal and pro-autonomy forces in the Valley. These two specific demands were put forth not by the local BSP leadership. These were made by the party national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Narinder Kashyap, who came to Jammu launched a full-scale attack on the Kashmiri leadership and asked them to initiate a relentless struggle to achieve the stated objectives.

It was the national BSP general secretary who put forth these demands. It was, however, clear during Press conference that the party chief Mayawati, who leaves no stone unturned to identify her with the Muslims in UP, was behind the move. Her move, it seems was aimed at achieving the status of Statehood for Jammu province. Omar Abdullah is wrong on Article 370 he pronounced.

Jammu province comprises more than 30 per cent population, i.e., Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and these are spread across the province, barring the Poonch district. These communities can tilt the balance in favour of any party spread across 30 Assembly segments out of 37 of Jammu province. It is obvious that Mayawati and her think-tanks have taken all these factors into consideration before demanding abrogation of Article 370 and trifurcation of the State. The SCs and the OBCs, like all other sections of society in Jammu province, constitute the most neglected lot in the entire country.

Justifying the demand for trifurcation of the State, the BSP MP said: “We have decided to take up the issue of Statehood for Jammu in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha because our party is in support of smaller States.” He further said, “BSP has already devised a strategy to take this agitation to its logical conclusion.” So much so, he allayed apprehensions of some sections of society (some Muslims) opposing trifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir, saying the “BSP would involve people from all religions, sections and regions in the stir for carving out Jammu as a separate State”.

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