Is the BJP-PDP Alliance in Trouble, Asks Karan Thapar on Primetime
Is Mehbooba Mufti’s delay in becoming CM of Jammu and Kashmir hurting her state?
Five days after the death of her father, Mehbooba Mufti has the country speculating on whether she will break her alliance with the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir. The rumours and speculations have been sparked by the fact that Mehbooba has not been sworn in as Chief Minister and Governor’s Rule has been imposed in the state.
On Karan Thapar’s show ‘To the Point’ on India Today television, the topic of discussion was Mehbooba’s uncertainty and whether or not it is good for the state. The show began with Thapar interviewing former CM Omar Abdullah. On the panel were Wajahat Habibullah, former chairman of the Minorities commission, Dileep Padgaonkar, who has been editor of the Times of India and part of the team of interlocutors for peace talks in Kashmir and activist Siddiq Wahid.
Omar Abdullah, while acknowledging Mehbooba Mufti’s grief at the loss of her father, says that the uncertainty and lack of governance that has followed is unfortunate.
Abdullah went on to add that the situation of uncertainty has various forces “fishing in troubled waters”, including the Congress.
Dileep Padgaonkar though, feels that Mehbooba Mufti is just trying to position herself as a leader in her own right and deal with the BJP on her own terms. The BJP has been trying to get better portfolios in the state government. Mehbooba also has to pull off a balancing act between keeping her core constituency in Kashmir valley on her side, while staying on the right side of the Central government, getting them to deliver on the promises they have made.
Siddiq Wahid echoed Padgaonkar, adding that the BJP-PDP coalition has been troubled from the beginning, and the “meeting of opposites” hasn’t quite worked out.
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