JK News Today ( Exclusive)
Srinagar , December 20
As the things were deteriorating in Kashmir due to the unrest and spree of killings owing to the mounting anger against the “ excessive use of force”, a proposal was mooted to have a “consensus” government in Jammu and Kashmir .
As New Delhi was clueless in regard to containing the trouble in Kashmir that was suffused all over and among all age groups , a proposal was floated that a consensus government of all the mainstream parties should be formed to subside the anger in streets and instill some kind of confidence .
It was felt that BJP was proving to be irrelevant in the Valley. Its name was an anathema for the Kashmiri Muslims. PDP was finding itself on back foot with mobs torching and attacking the houses of PDP leaders and workers. Congress and National Conference were relishing the uncomfortable situation in which Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was squirming . To erase all this, and to show to the people that it was the government of all parties to whom they had voted during the elections , New Delhi mulled the idea of an all party government.
However, when this idea was shared with the men who matter in Kashmir and keen observer of events in the Valley, New Delhi was cautioned against any such experiment. Delhi was told that there would be “ disastrous consequences” of upsetting this political apple cart.
The experiment that the Rajiv Gandhi government had undertaken with National Conference- Congress alliance in November 1986, courtesy the unwritten Farooq-Rajiv Accord , had choked the political space. The political buffer of the mainstream had disappeared and the Muslim United Front occupied that space.
The point was understood in time and the proposal was shut before it became public, the sources said.