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BJP’S tactics and idealogy!

Without any doubt, the “Modi- juggernaut” marauded the opponents, and single-handedly catapulted “BJP” to numero-uno among all the political parties of India. For the first time it got absolute majority on its own.

But J&K is different. It has always been so.

With Muslims constituting around 70% of the total population of J&K, and keeping in mind that Islam and politics are intertwined in Muslim World, it is but obvious, that those political parties that will pitch the Islam-rhetoric, though subtly will garner maximum number of Muslim votes. And Kashmir-based mainstream political parties know this well, that is why PDP MLA Peerzada Mansoor, in a rally attended by Muslims, said that only a Muslim can become the chief minister of J&K.

It has always been a battle of Muslim hegemony against Hindu-minorities in the state of J&K. Even the mainstream political parties like NC and PDP have been playing the Muslim-card not only to woo Muslim voters but also tacitly show their supporters, their will and power to subdue Hindus Politically.

The J&k mainstream political parties have been like this since their inception, and it is unlikely that they will change in the future.

But what about BJP! Are they perusing what they had been projecting all along! The answer is a big “NO”. Though most Hindus in J&K are the ardent supporters of BJP and it looks like, they will get around 80% of the Jammu seats, But I fear they may not do so well in Kashmir Valley. Garnering more seats in Kashmir may be good for the party, but, at no cost, should they compromise on their ideology.

Abrogation of article 370 has always been projected by BJP to their supporters as a top most priority , It is a bit disappointing to see that they  have fielded candidates , who have vocally opposed the abrogation of this act, like Dr. Hina Bhat from Amira kadal constituency.She had brazenly spoken against the abrogation of article 370 by saying that she will  pick up a gun if Article 370 is abrogated. It is confusing for the voters to ascertain whether BJP is sticking to its plan to abrogate article 370 or not!! With one phase already over, it is intriguing to see that BJP has not yet come out with their election manifesto.

Also the inclusion of the known sympathizers of Separatists like Engineer Rashid and Sajjad lone has not given good vibes to their traditional vote bank.

Many intellectuals are of the view that it was BJP, that gave birth to PDP when they were in power in center. To end the supremacy of the NC, It is opined by some that BJP created another party(PDP), that was more communal than NC, just to split the muslim votes. These very intellectuals are of the view that the bonhomie between BJP and  Separatist-sympathizers like Engineer Rashid and Sajjad lone, is in continuation of their policy to scatter more conservative Muslim votes and thereby weaken all the Muslim-dependant political parties.

It is also opined that BJP is focusing more on Shias and theMuslim- Gurjars of J&K. The shias constitute  20% of the Muslim –world-Population. But in J&k they are not more than 10% of the total population of Kashmir valley, whereas, The Muslim-Gurjars constitute around 20% of the total population of J&K. Both Shias and the Gurjars have been marginalized by the Kashmir-Based-politicians and have been treated as second-hand citizens since many centuries.

These two groups will prove to be the Kingmakers of the J&K elections. Focusing on these two groups will give BJP their first ever legislative assembly seat in Kashmir. With more that 70% voting in the first phase of elections, the voting trend is a precursor that the voting %age will surpass that of 2008- statistics .It looks like that, BJP will benefit, as people have voted against the ruling coalition of NC-Congress(i). It will be the PDP and BJP that will benefit for the huge turnout of the voting.

With Election-pundits predicting more than 30 seats in J&K, BJP may this time emerge as the single largest party of J&K and may form its government for the first time, On their own or with the support of one of the mainstream Kashmir-based political party. Whatever they do, they must retain their core ideology…

By-vinod kaul

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jammu & Kashmir

 

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Jammu & Kashmir

1.         List of 10 (Ten) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-I as per following schedule.

 

Issue of

Gazette

Notification

 

Last Date

for

nominations

 

Date for

Scrutiny of

Nominations

 

Last date for

withdrawal of

candidatures

 

Date of

poll if

necessary

 

24-10-2008 (Friday)

31-10-2008 (Friday)

01-11-2008 (Saturday)

03-11-2008 (Monday)

17-11-2008 (Monday)

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

9-Gurez

General

Bandipora

10-Bandipora

General

Bandipora

11-Sonawari

General

Bandipora

47-Nobra

General

Leh

48-Leh

General

Leh

49-Kargil

General

Kargil

50-Zanskar

General

Kargil

85-Surankote

General

Poonch

86-Mendhar

General

Poonch

87-Poonch-Haveli

General

Poonch

 

2.         List of 6 (Six) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-II as per following schedule.

 

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

Last Date for nominations

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Date of

poll 

29.10.08 (Wednesday)

05.11.08 (Wednesday)

06.11.08 (Thursday)

08.11.08 (Saturday)

23.11.08

(Sunday)

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

16-Kangan

General

Ganderbal

17-Ganderbal

General

Ganderbal

81-Nowshara

General

Rajouri

82-Darhal

General

Rajouri

83-Rajouri

General

Rajouri

84-Kalakote

General

Rajouri


3.         List of 5 (Five) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-III as per following schedule.

 

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

Last Date for nominations

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Date of

poll

04.11.08 (Tuesday)

11.11.08 (Tuesday)

12.11.08 (Wednesday)

14.11.08 (Friday)

30.11.08 (Sunday)

 

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

01-Karnah

General

Kupwara

02-Kupwara

General

Kupwara

03-Lolab

General

Kupwara

04-Handwara

General

Kupwara

05-Langate

General

Kupwara

 

4.         List of 18 (Eighteen) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-IV as per following schedule.

 

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

Last Date for nominations

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Date of

poll 

10.11.08 (Monday)

17.11.08 (Monday)

18.11.08 (Tuesday)

20.11.08 (Thursday)

07.12.08 (Sunday)

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

06-Uri

General

Baramulla

07-Rafiabad

General

Baramulla

08-Sopore

General

Baramulla

12-Sangrama

General

Baramulla

13-Baramulla

General

Baramulla

14-Gulmarg

General

Baramulla

15-Pattan

General

Baramulla

26-Chadoora

General

Budgam

27-Badgam

General

Budgam

28-Beerwah

General

Budgam

29-Khansahib

General

Budgam

30-Chrar-i-Sharief

General

Budgam

57-Gulabgarh

General

Reasi

58-Reasi

General

Reasi

59-Gool Arnas

General

Reasi

60-Udhampur

General

Udhampur

61-Chenani

SC

Udhampur

62-Ramnagar

General

Udhampur


5.         List of 11 (Eleven) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-V as per following schedule.

 

 

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

Last Date for nominations

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Date of

poll 

17.11.08 (Monday)

24.11.08 (Monday)

25.11.08 (Tuesday)

27.11.08 (Thursday)

13.12.08 

(Saturday)

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

31-Tral

General

Pulwama

32-Pampore

General

Pulwama

33-Pulwama

General

Pulwama

34-Rajpora

General

Pulwama

35-Wachi

General

Shopian

36-Shopian

General

Shopian

63-Bani

General

Kathua

64-Basohli

General

Kathua

65-Kathua

General

Kathua

66-Billawar

General

Kathua

67-Hiranagar

SC

Kathua

 

6.         List of 16 (Sixteen) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-VI as per following schedule.

 

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

Last Date for nominations

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Date of

poll

22.11.08 (Saturday)

29.11.08 (Saturday)

01.12.08 (Monday)

03.12.08 (Wednesday)

17.12.08

(Wednesday)

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

37-Noorabad

General

Kulgam

38-Kulgam

General

Kulgam

39-Home-shalibugh

General

Kulgam

40-Anantnag

General

Anantnag

41-Devsar

General

Kulgam

42-Doru

General

Anantnag

43-Kokernag

General

Anantnag

44-Shangus

General

Anantnag

45-Bijbehara

General

Anantnag

46-Pahalgam

General

Anantnag

51-Kishtwar

General

Kishtwar

52-Inderwal

General

Kishtwar

53-Doda

General

Doda

54-Bhaderwah

General

Doda

55-Ramban

SC

Ramban

56-Banihal

General

Ramban

7.         List of 21 (Twenty One) Assembly Constituencies going to polls in Phase-VII as per following schedule.

 

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

Last Date for nominations

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

Date of

poll

26.11.08 (Wednesday)

03.12.08 (Wednesday)

04.12.08 (Thursday)

06.12.08 (Saturday)

24.12.08

(Wednesday)

 

Assembly Constituency

Type

District

18-Hazratbal

General

Srinagar

19-Zadibal

General

Srinagar

20-Idgah

General

Srinagar

21-Khanyar

General

Srinagar

22-Habbakadal

General

Srinagar

23-Amirakadal

General

Srinagar

24-Sonawar

General

Srinagar

25-Batamaloo

General

Srinagar

68-Samba

SC

Samba

69-Vijaypur

General

Samba

70-Nagrota

General

Jammu

71-Gandhinagar

General

Jammu

72-Jammu East

General

Jammu

73-Jammu West

General

Jammu

74-Bishnah

General

Jammu

75-R.S.Pura

SC

Jammu

76-Suchetgarh

General

Jammu

77-Marh

General

Jammu

78-Raipur Domana

SC

Jammu

79-Akhnoor

General

Jammu

80-Chhamb

SC

Jammu

 

8.         The dates of counting and completion of the elections will be 28.12.2008 (Sunday) and 31.12.2008 (Wednesday) respectively.

special polling booths for kashmiri pandit migrants

NEW DELHI : As part of efforts to ensure greater participation in Jammu and Kashmir polls, the Election Commission is setting up special polling stations in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi for Kashmiri migrants to cast their ballot.

The EC is setting up nine special polling stations in Jammu, one in Udhampur and four in Delhi where sizeable number of Kashmiri migrants live.

In a communication to the chief electoral officer of the state, the EC said that the poll officials in the 46 assembly constituencies in the Kashmir valley would cull from list of voters who opt for voting in person at these special polling stations.

The EC also asked the Union Home Ministry to run a publicity drive about the special arrangement in the next few days.

Besides, the Commission said those who are at present residing outside their place of ordinary residence and elsewhere other than Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi would have the opportunity to exercise their franchise through postal ballot papers.

In this regard, the EC asked the postal department to gear up for the postal ballot scheme so that the purpose was achieved.

The success of the scheme is crucially dependent on the speed of clearance and delivery of the request of the migrant electors, dispatched postal ballot papers reaching the electors before the stipulated date and again the duly filled in ballot papers reaching the concerned Returning Officers of the valley well in time before the commencement of the counting, it said.

The EC asked the postal department to direct Post Master Generals across the country especially in Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Jammu, where there are large concentration of migrant voters, to take special measures in this regard.

The Commission said it would not be possible to provide polling stations for those Kashmiri migrants living in other parts of the country and they would have the option to vote through postal ballot system.

The state would go for a seven-phased assembly polls on November 17, 23, 30, December 7, 13, 17 and 24. (PTI)