JK News Today Team

Jammu, March 16:

On the opening day of this mid-March week, Kashmir  walked through  three  high- impact making political developments – PDP undertook party restructure with Mehbooba Mufti announcing the office bearers and political affairs committee , People’s Conference General Secretary  Imran Raza Ansari  quitting the party post and National Conference vice president  Omar Abdullah coming out in support of Delhi Kejriwal whose government’s powers are being transferred to Lieutenant Governor.

Mehbooba Mufti  has restructured the party , it is more or less the same list of the office bearers and political affairs committee members  but due care has been taken to  give more representation to Jammu  region . The message is in the timings as well.

It was considered normal that she would be appointing office bearers of the party after her re-election as President of the political party  last month , but  at this stage when National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has announced his willingness to enter into dialogue with Centre, this restructuring has  a meaning more than mere putting party leaders in different positions.

She wants to tell all her friends and foes that she is not the only one in the party and at the same time her choice of the PAC members demonstrates that despite the fact that some of the leaders are in prisons, she stands by them . She has not abandoned them, particularly Naeem Akhtar  and  Sartaj Madni .

In next few days or weeks, Mehbooba , it seems , is expecting major political developments . She has distributed the responsibilities , and it is in preparation for the political battles ahead.

Imran Raza Ansari, a prominent and influential Shia leader in Kashmir , would not have quit the party position simply because more leaders and workers were  joining the party . His insistence that his resignation should be accepted today itself makes the things more curious.  Something is brewing up , and what it is would be known in the days to come, most probably re-alignment of the political forces.

Omar who had been tweeting on weather and beauty of snow in Kashmir in the recent months  came out in support of Delhi CM  whose government is facing power cut. Minister of state for home G K Reddy introduced the National Capital Territory of Delhi ( Amendment)  Bill, 2021 that  confers more powers to the Lieutenant Governor Anil   Baijal  and curtailing  accordingly the powers of Arvind Kejriwal Government that had been at loggerheads with him on the power turf .

Omar‘s support came with a  taunt . He tweeted : in spite of AAP’s support for the dismemberment and downgrading of J&K in 2019, we still condemn this assault on the powers of the elected government of Delhi. Delhi deserves to be a full state with all powers exercised by the elected government and not a nominated LG.”

Through this message of support for Kejriwal, Omar conveyed his angst over what happened to J&K in 2019 when its special status was scrapped and the state bifurcated into two Union Territories- Ladakh  getting a separate political map and government as a UT  .  That means that he is  now back in the political scene with the theme of getting for J&K what it had until August 4, 2019.