BJP sets 35 seat target for J&K, foresees to form next govt on its own

The BJP has set a target of winning at least 35 seats on its own in the forthcoming Assembly poll so as to have its own Chief Minister in this only Muslim-majority state of the country. Notably, the saffron party had taken lead in 27 Assembly segments in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. During its state executive committee, held first time after the Lok Sabha elections, the party leadership was confident about improving its performance in the Assembly elections as compared to the Lok Sabha poll. “We have devised a…

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Saffron party in a fix as opposition puts pressure on delimitation panel

The BJP is in a fix as opposition parties have stepped up the pressure to set a deadline for the delimitation of the Assembly seats to end the “bias” against the Jammu and Ladakh regions. Although the BJP has, from time to time, promised setting up a delimitation panel to redraw Assembly constituencies in its election manifesto, party leaders were non-committal on setting any deadline for the exercise to “empower” neglected regions of the state. Saffron party leaders are supporting the setting up of a delimitation panel, but they are…

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Protecting the state’s Integrity & Unity high on our agenda: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah Friday asserted that protecting the unity, integrity of state was the primary goal of the party besides materialising the idea of a welfare state as enshrined in Naya Kashmir document. Addressing delegations, individuals at his residence, Farooq said, “The primary goal of the party is to protect the territorial integrity, identity, special status and the pluralistic visage of the state. The party has always rendered immense sacrifices for the protection of the interests of our state. However, the situation we are facing today is…

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Government toys with Delimitation Commission in J&K

Home Minister Amit Shah has hit the ground running, as expected. With a catalogue of review meetings, Shah has many crucial things on his agenda including redrawing the long pending delimitation of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. With President’s Rule operational in the strife-torn state, Shah has already had a closed-door meeting with Governor Satyapal Malik. He also met Director Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. Almost in parallel, it is believed that the Jammu and Kashmir Division in the vast swathe of Ministry of Home Affairs…

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Over 100 rebels, 59 security personnel killed, 50 new youth took guns in 2019

There has been a steady rise in the number of youths taking up arms in the valley since 2014 onwards as compared to 2010-2013, according to the data presented in Parliament. Over 100 rebels, including 23 foreigners, have been killed in Kashmir in the first five months of 2019, but what is keeping the security establishment worried is the large number of new recruits, officials said on Sunday. According to them, 50 youngsters have joined various terror outfits since March and the security establishment needs to find a better way…

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PDP advocating for a joint initiative to safeguard J&K’s interests

Expressing concern on the attempts being made to fragment the mandate in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today asserted that it shall be open for a joint response to the new political challenges the state was facing. A PDP spokesman, in a statement, said that the concerns were expressed by the members of political affairs committee of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Democratic Party which met here under the chairmanship of party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. He said that the party patron Muzaffar Hussain Beig, Abdul…

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14 Hours by road or Rs 14000 Jammu-Srinagar flight, Repeated landslides on national highway continue to haunt commute

Frequent landslides at vulnerable spots on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway have forced the Centre to send a high-level team from the Ministry of Home Affairs, which visited the affected areas of Ramban today. As uncertainty looms over the 270-km stretch following regular blockades, airfares between the two state capitals have spiralled, with tickets selling as high as Rs 14,000 for a one-way trip. Sources say the blockade of the highway on a regular basis is creating hurdles in the smooth movement of security forces in the Valley. With the annual…

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Don’t fall prey to BJP’s false promises, will surpass 1996 tally in Assembly elections: Devender Rana

National Conference (NC) provincial president and former MLA, Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday asked people of Jammu not to fall prey to “false” election promises of Bharatiya Janata Party. Hitting out at BJP’s state chief Ravinder Raina for his assertion that his party would get over 50 seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections and new Chief Minister would be from Jammu, Rana said, “BJP has a history of fooling people using such emotional statements during elections.” “In 2014 state Assembly elections, the BJP promised people that if the party was…

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BJP bating for the early abrogation of Article 370, 35A

State BJP chief Ravinder Raina Sunday said his party was for early abrogation of Articles 370 and Article 35-A of the constitution. He also exhorted confidence that the BJP would form the next government in the State on its own. Raina said his party would work for de-freezing of the eight assembly seats reserved for the refugees from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) and revoking of the cumbersome M-Form exercise for Kashmiri migrant pandits before the next assembly polls. “Article 370, a temporary transititional provision, is the biggest injustice with the…

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Indications what lies ahead in J&K post BJP 2.0

The right wing party’s stance on Kashmir and increased attempts to polarise Jammu will only aggravate the situation in the valley, which had witnessed unprecedented oppression accompanied by a rise in militancy under the previous Modi regime. Ever since exit polls came out, people in the Kashmir valley have been too anxious about the prospects of Bharatiya Janata Party coming back to power. And now that the BJP has won, it seems that their worst fears are going to come true. Despite a myriad of issues plaguing the Indian population–…

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