By lending ‘blind’ support to Kishtwar MLA Sajjad Kitchloo and rushing in for the swearing in ceremony barely hours after he was given clean chit by the Kishtwar riot probe panel, without taking the alliance partners in to confidence, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abduallh has virtually staked future of the congress-National Conference alliance for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
The manner in which the news of the Kitchloo’s re-induction in the council of ministers has been exploited by the state BJP unit and the sustained campaign has been launched by the party to expose the cruel face of the alliance, aimed at further consolidating its own vote bank ahead of the polls, is enough fodder material for the state Congress leaders to ascertain which way the wind is blowing in the region,Depending on the mood of the masses on the street the party just cannot afford to remain silent over the issue for too long a period.
In the days to come the BJP leaders would try their level best to win over the support of the people across Jammu region and while doing so they would be directly targeting the congress party for remaining mute spectator.
The National Conference which has limited support base in Jammu region had played its cards shrewdly and dared to fire the salvo without caring much for the support base of Congress party.
The fact that section of congress leaders were not happy with the decision of the Chief Minister and by staying away from the swearing in ceremony they publicly expressed their unhappiness over the move.
Now it remains to be seen if in the days to come the congress party makes a fair assessment of the whole scenario and comes to the conclusion that the BJP is making inroads in to their strong holds by championing the cause of minorities and making an extra effort to resurrect the image of the party leaders along side riding high on the popularity wave in support of Narendra Modi,BJP’s PM candidate the party will have to take take a call how far they can allow National Conference leadership to play spoil sport.
To win over the support of the people the BJP leaders are armed with letters exchanged between Inspector General of Police (Jammu zone) and the Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar before August 9, 2013 violence took place.
These letters clearly proves the fact that the advance warnings of communal clash were ignored by the state Home Department.
The letter of IG Jammu Zone clearly states, “Please refer to your letter No. Conf/13/8354-55/C dated 29.7.2013 and 8840-41 dated 5.8.2013 regarding apprehension of communal clash in Kishtwar “You are advised to take necessary legal/preventive action against the miscreants who are vitiating the communal harmony and law & order situation in the District”.
IG,Jammu Zone had even advised SP,Kishtwar to explore the feasibility of detention under PSA in respect of those who were repeatedly indulging in such activities and were also involved in number of cases relating to disturbance of communal harmony and peace & order in the District.
At the same time, he also advised him to make necessary law and order arrangements to prevent any clash.
“The curfew plan as submitted to this office may be fine tuned and necessary coordination with Army, SSB and civil administration may be done so that well co-ordinated strategy can be implemented on ground when need arises”. The available resources may be properly mobilized for handling law and order situation”.
Ironically, on August 9 when clashes between the members of the two communities broke out it took the district police authorities more than 8 hours to control the situation and restore some order.
Under the circumstances the congress party is growing shaky and may take a final call whether to forge any pre-poll alliance with the National Conference or not in order to retain its vote bank in Jammu region.