PDP-BJP government in J&K a historic opportunity, says RSS

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New Delhi: With Bharatiya Janata Party all set to rule Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in alliance with Peoples Democratic Party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh mouthpiece 'Organiser' on Saturday said this is a "historic opportunity" that will help the state join the national mainstream, but admitted that running the government would be a tightrope walk.

"Though running this government will be a tightrope walk, especially for the PDP, if interests of the people of J&K are kept in mind, this will be a historic opportunity.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

"The most important outcome of this reconciliation between BJP and PDP is that the state of Jammu-Kashmir is joining the national mainstream," said an editorial in the RSS mouthpiece.

The 'Organiser' said keeping away from pressures of separatist tendencies, focusing completely on development and providing transparency in governance will be key in this regard.

"They are also hoping that this alliance further strains the relationship between Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines. Considering the stated positions of both BJP and PDP on crucial issues may be the reason behind that. If we analyse this political development carefully, it is a historic moment for the state and India," it said.

The editorial said till recently, nobody would imagine a nationalist force like BJP to be a major stake holder in the power dynamics of the state, and BJP is not only occupying the political centrestage but the state which has been a victim of personal and political blunders is also brought to the nationalist discourse.

It said that for the first time ever, regional imbalances in the state discriminatory towards Jammu and Ladakh is set to be corrected. "The issues related to rehabilitation of West Pak refugees and Kashmiri Pandits will also get importance through this alliance," it said.

"J&K joining the mainstream political agenda is a real tribute to the first martyr of independent India, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, who always insisted on complete integration of J&K with the Indian Union," he said, adding this government formation should be seen in this light.

The editorial in the RSS publication said till now, regional parties of the state had been gaining space in Delhi but the ruling party democratically occupying space in the state is significant.

"Resultantly, like other parts of India rather than communal aspirations or caste dynamics, development and governance has gained the thrust in the politics of this turbulent state," it said.

It further stated that BJP-PDP coming together, keeping aside their ideological differences, is another important development in this regard, as this has sidelined the dynastic and personality based politics of Congress and National Conference, who manipulated the sentiments of people for their personal gains.

Observing that the youth of J&K whose aspirations are as high as any other youth of India will be relieved from the clutches of poverty and alienation, the mouthpiece said, in the long run this was the only way for addressing and nullifying the inhibitions of people in a few districts of the Kashmir Valley.

The editorial in the magazine said this government formation is historic in many ways as there is competition within the 'secular' camp to term this historic moment as a mere "real politic or politics of convenience".

PTI

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