The Gupkar gang and the new chapter of Kashmiri democracy


Probably this is the first time that the two-party have declared themselves victorious with the announcement of the results of a vote. 

The BJP and the People's Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) claimed victory in the nearly month-long Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council (DDC) polls.

 Public opinion is towards them. Such incidents have never happened in the past.

About a year and a half ago, on August 5, 2019, Jammu and Kashmir was divided. Two Union Territories are formed.

 One is Jammu-Kashmir, the other is Ladakh. At the same time, Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to the united state, was repealed. Mass arrests started from that day. 

Hundreds of leaders of every position were placed under house arrest. All kinds of bans are issued to stop public life. After about a year and a half, it was decided to take the vote of the District Development Corporation. 

The purpose is two-way. Creating a democratic environment and launching grassroots development projects. 

The eight-point vote, which lasted for nearly four weeks, showed that the BJP had lost some of its dominance in the Jammu division, but retained much of the Kashmir Valley by the PAGD alliance.

 In this first Valley, the BJP made its mark by winning 3 seats, one of which was in Srinagar, winning by just 14 votes. 

  "Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party" which is formed on the initiative of BJP, confronted unfortunate results. 

The party was formed by organizing the PDP, the Congress and the National Conference. They have won only 12 seats.

The BJP planted a net of hope with them. With them, they wanted to liberate Kashmir from the clutches of three families.

There are 20 districts in Jammu and Kashmir. 10 in Jammu and 10 in Kashmir Valley. There are 14 DDC seats in each district. 

As a simple matter of numbers, Jammu and Kashmir's two divisions have 140 seats and a total of 260 seats. According to the results, PAGD got 110 seats, BJP 75, Congress 26, AAP 12, Panthers Party 2 and BSP 1. 

The number of 49 independent candidates also won, most of whom are also upset with the proxy of the alliance. Before and after the formation of the board, many of them are likely to join the alliance.

This result is disappointing for the BJP. But they have no way of showing that frustration in public. The party leadership has therefore composed an epic of success. 

That epic has the glory of being the single majority party (75), even though they fielded the most candidates (230).

 This is the first time that a lotus flower has been planted in the valley, although the turnout is only 3 per cent. The unprecedented success of PAGD in the Jammu division is also being suppressed by a strong uproar.

 Jammu's three district boards could also take over the alliance with the support of the Congress. Out of a total of 20 districts in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP has won only six. Each in the Jammu division. 

In comparison, the alliance in the valley alone is 9. But what's in it? Union Minister for Electoral Supervision Anurag Tagore, who a year ago condemned the shooting of Shahinbagh's 'traitors', said the result showed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were supporting the Prime Minister's pro-people rule. 

So the lotus bloomed in the valley. BJP Jammu leader and Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the evidence was that the Kashmiri people trusted the Prime Minister. 

They are in favour of development. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that Kashmiris have slapped terrorists, separatists and extremists.

A year and a half ago, the Prime Minister proudly announced that he would liberate Kashmir from the clutches of three families. Which families? ‘Abdullah’, ‘Nehru-Gandhi’ and ‘Mufti’.

 Sheikh-Farooq-Omar Abdullah's three generations of 'NC', Gandhi's 'Congress' and Mufti Mohammad-Mehbooba's 'PDP' will liberate the politics of Kashmir and hand it over to the people. 

Who are those people? The BJP fixed that too. ‘Apni Party’ is formed by exposing the defectors and them. 

The ruler demanded to get the seal of the verdict of the people in the government decision taken on August 5, 2019, to show the country and the world that the decision to repeal Article 370 was right and the people are approving it. 

He needed to occupy as many districts as possible in both the divisions. Unfortunately, the BJP did not achieve that goal. But they can't accept the defeat. That is why there is such a buzz of success.

Their failure is trying to suppress that noise. The decision to vote was taken by the government based on intelligence reports, which said all parties in the Valley would boycott the vote.

 If that was the case, the control of twenty districts would have gone to the centre. Farooq Abdullah (NC), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Sajjad Lone (People's Conference), Yusuf Tarigami (CPM) and Ghulam Ahmed Mir (Congress) threw ashes on the BJP's plate. 

At a meeting held at Farooq Abdullah's house on Gupkar Road in Srinagar on August 4, 2019, the leaders of the seven parties signed the 'Gupkar Declaration' with an oath to uphold the special status of the state.

The stunned BJP did not make the mistake of trying to cope with the impact. The coalition leadership has alleged that their candidates have been detained in the camp for security reasons.

 Arbitrary publicity was not allowed. Candidates have been imprisoned under various laws. The police and the administration have been used arbitrarily in the interest of the ruling party. 

Leaders have been humiliated by new allegations of old corruption. Property being seized. 

After the vote, their new fears revolved around the BJP's 'Sam-Daam-Dand-Bhed' (It is part of the "Chanakya Niti" proposed to the then governing empire of the Mauryas in the 4th Century BCE. This is a suggestion to Rulers or Administrators on how to achieve a task done by an individual who may not be tended to do it) strategy.

The return of democracy to Kashmir after a long hiatus is certainly comforting. All-party participation is also a testament to adherence to the Indian Constitution. 

The PAGD called the election a referendum against the state's decision to deprive it of special status. This was their only subject in the campaign. 

After the results were released, Omar Abdullah reminded the central government that they should correct the mistake.

In the words of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, those who are 'secret gangs', those who are 'brokers of Pakistan and China' in the BJP's relentless propaganda, those who are 'anti-state and separatist', the people of Jammu and Kashmir left most of the districts in their hands. 

Clearly, with the return of democracy, a new chapter in the political struggle in Kashmir is about to begin.

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