Poor turnout

Manish tiwari Tue, 16 May 2017

Poor turnout

Shri Manish Tewari said that the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir met the Prime Minister today. After the meeting we heard from the Chief Minister of J&K but of course, we heard nothing either from the Prime Minister or the PMO. One remark that the Chief Minister of J&K made during her brief interaction with the Press possibly summed up the entire essence of the meeting with the Prime Minister better than anything else.

She said in a sense that we are where Shri Vajpayee left us. There could not have been a more demeaning indictment of a complete lack of policy which the NDA-BJP Government and the Prime Minister has quashed the situation in J&K. Nothing evidences this more than the extremely poor turnout in the Srinagar by poll.

The postponement of the Parliamentary by poll in Anantnag, the continuing tension on the Indo-Pakistan border, the fragile internal security situation in the Kashmir Valley and the ever increasing and deepening contradictions between the BJP-PDP alliance Government in J&K, even after the worst phase of militancy in Kashmir between 1989 and 1996 when the Assembly elections were held in that State, in October and November of 1996, the poll percentage was 53.92%. When elections were held again in 2002,there was NDA-BJP Government at that point in time, the poll percentage was still 43.70%. These are figures from the Election Commission, these are not my figures.

So we would like to request the NDA - BJP Government, since it is a sensitive issue I am deliberately refraining from using the word ‘demand’, that it is high time that the Central Government articulated its policy towards the situation in Kashmir in clear terms. Monday, 24th April, 2017