BJP Targets 'Dynastic Parties' in Jammu and Kashmir Election Campaign

Jammu and Kashmir gears up for first major election since Article 370 revocation, as BJP attacks 'dynastic parties' and promises progress under PM Modi's leadership.

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BJP Targets 'Dynastic Parties' in Jammu and Kashmir Election Campaign

BJP Targets 'Dynastic Parties' in Jammu and Kashmir Election Campaign

As Jammu and Kashmir prepares for its first major election since the revocation of Article 370 in August 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a scathing attack on what it calls 'dynastic parties' in the region. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing a rally in Jammu , accused the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Congress of promoting terrorism and orchestrating fake encounters during their rule.

Shah claimed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, peace and development have been restored in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370. He appealed to the people not to vote for these 'dynastic parties', asserting that they work for their own interests rather than the public's welfare. The Home Minister also assured that the long-awaited assembly elections in the Union Territory will be held as per the Supreme Court's directions before September 30 this year.

The BJP faces competition from regional parties like the NC, PDP, J&K People's Conference (JKPC), Apni Party, and Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) in the upcoming polls. While the BJP is expected to perform well in the Jammu region and Ladakh, the NC holds a strong position in Srinagar. There are also speculations of a tacit or direct alliance between the BJP and some regional parties.

In response to Shah's remarks, NC president Farooq Abdullah expressed regret over the accusations and said Kashmiris will give a fitting answer in the elections. PDP spokesperson Firdous Tak stated that the BJP is no longer a political organization and that the people of Jammu will respond to the party in the upcoming polls. Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Vikar Rasool Wani described Shah's comments as a sign of the BJP's 'frustration' and 'fear of losing two Lok Sabha constituencies of Jammu region'.

Why this matters: The Jammu and Kashmir election holds significant importance as it is the first major electoral exercise since the region's special status was revoked in 2019. The outcome of the polls will not only shape the terrain of the Union Territory but also have implications for the broader dynamics between the central government and the region.

In the campaign's intensifying phase, Union Minister Anurag Thakur accused dynastic parties of hindering development in Jammu and Kashmir, emphasizing that Prime Minister Modi's decision to abrogate Article 370 has propelled the region towards progress. Thakur dismissed allegations of the BJP being anti-Muslim, clarifying that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to provide citizenship, not revoke it. With the first phase of polling scheduled for April 19, covering 102 seats across 17 states and 4 Union Territories, the BJP is banking on the 'Modi factor' and its promises to secure a hat-trick of wins in the Udhampur and Jammu Lok Sabha constituencies.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP attacks 'dynastic parties' in J&K, accuses them of promoting terrorism.
  • Amit Shah assures J&K assembly polls before Sept 30, appeals against 'dynastic parties'.
  • BJP faces competition from regional parties like NC, PDP, JKPC in upcoming polls.
  • J&K election crucial as first major poll after Article 370 revocation in 2019.
  • BJP banks on 'Modi factor' and promises of development to retain Lok Sabha seats.