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Jammu, December 31
The e opening day of the budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir legislature will be an extraordinary day in the history of the state, particularly as it starts technically immediately after the end of 2016 , but the shadows of the past year would be all over in the proceedings . This would cloud the proposed roadmap of the year 2017 .
Using the cliché that the session would be stormy is like throwing a blanket over the real issues that the legislature would be debating to find a way out of the crisis that the state has been throughout the previous year – from beginning to the end.
The year had started with the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in hospital , days before his death on January 7. And at the end , it is in a state of siege with the protests refusing to go away from the Valley . Worse still, the whole state is in a thickening and fearsome shadow of uncertainty .
The lawmakers from both sides of benches in the legislature have readied themselves with all the ammunition to fire against each other from inescapable discussion on the Kashmir unrest – a blot on Kashmir where death census , count of injuries and those who lost eyes or suffered irreparable injuries – with the promise of “ azadi” being in sight having collapsed virtually. It is a fact that stands out .
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti did not take upon herself the responsibility of the things going wrong . She traced the “ the recent turmoil in Kashmir to a decade-long political drought from 2005 to 2015, when no State specific Confidence Building measures were taken.” This is a very selective approach , to say the least. In the translation of events, it means that till Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ruled ( from November 2002 to November 2005), everything was hunky dory, thereafter the state slid into chaos . And nothing happened thereafter.
But what happened in 2015, when Mufti came back to power and later when she succeeded him after his death in April 2016 . There are questions and questions only , and she would have to find genuine and convincing answers .
The opposition would also have to answer a lot of questions . About their role in the disturbances , and why did they fail to appeal even once to the stone throwing cr0wds. They shed their tears for the dead and the injured, but distanced themselves completely from any peace making efforts.
Less said about the BJP, the better . Whenever BJP speaks it embarrasses itself and its voters . They have no commitment or conviction toward their constituents , ideology . Their all- time objective is to remain in power. Observers are apprehensive that the budget session would demonstrate that in plenty.
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