Editorial

Despite its alleged shift from ideology, BJP lists achievements!

[ March 13, 2018 ] Though BJP is being accused across the region for the alleged shift in its core ideology and also for compromising with the interests of Jammu, which has been getting step-motherly treatment at the hands of successive state governments here, it surprisingly did not shy away from listing the party’s achievements, if any, in the Sunday’s Jan Sabha. While the leaders, including party’s national vice- president and J&K prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna and MoS PMO Jitender Singh listed the state government’s achievements and said that the coalition government ‘has been able to steer the state on the path of development’, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, forest minister Lal Singh, who had left Congress and joined BJP before 2014 state polls, Nowshera MLA Ravinder Raina and Kathua MLA Rajiv Jasrotia were conspicuous by their absence. While Nirmal was said to be in New Delhi, the party insiders did not comment on why the other three did not attend the jan sabha which was held to commemorate the party’s successful completion of three years in government in J&K. attended by BJP national vice-president and J&K prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna and MoS PMO Jitender Singh, the sabha listed the state government’s achievements and said that the coalition government ‘has been able to steer the state on the path of development’. The purpose of holding the jan sabha was also to tell the J&K people that the party cares a lot about them none of the senior BJP leaders preferred to comment on the absence of the four BJP leaders. Nirmal has already come under severe criticism of the Jammu people for his certain ‘statements’ that, according to the critics, lacked both vision and maturity. He is accused of not taking care of the interests of Jammu people who have elected all the 25 BJP MLAs. During a press conference, which was jointly addressed by then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Syed (now dead) and Nirmal at the former’s official residence here, he had made no comment on the artificial lake project along Tawi river. The Mufti had said that since the project was technically not viable, the government had decided to abandon it. Nirmal had preferred to keep mum, thus inviting criticism of Jammu people. Even his party colleagues say he has done a great damage to the party because of ‘statements’. Notwithstanding the under-performance of BJP ministers, the speakers, who addressed the jab sabha, called upon them to double their efforts to serve people and make sure that public again ‘gives them a decisive mandate’, which as of today, however, seems to be a very difficult task for the saffron brigade. The opposition has already assailing the government for its alleged anti-people policies. The speakers also made a claim that the Modi government had given specific stress on the development of J&K while talking about various major projects like Devika Project, Chattrakala tunnel, increased road links, especially work on road to Himachal. Instead of praising themselves, BJP needs to do a self- introspection and mend its ways to improve its position in the next assembly polls.