Editorial

Blow to constitution

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/22/2018 12:01:22 PM IST

 After J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the J&K assembly on November 21, prospects of improving the law and order situation and boosting public confidence in the civilian government, reducing terrorist violence have become all the more difficult to achieve. J&K has been under governor’s rule since June. Satya Pal Malik took over the post in August from N.N. Vohra. In the dissolved the 87-member legislative assembly, PDP had 28 members, BJP 25, NC 15, and Congress 12. It must be added, that Kashmir will continue to be a conflict zone but what is more important is to break the stranglehold of militancy especially over the youths. It was on this premise, that the PDP, which has a soft approach to militants and BJP which opposes any appeasement, came together. How PDP and BJP could come together was prompted by sheer desperation for power. That may have allowed both to join hands but they could never join their hearts. They promised to work on bridging the communal divide and bring the state back to normalcy. However, it was easier said then done as the two diagrammatically opposing ideologies could not sustain their opportunistic marriage. BJP and PDP were magnetically attractive but these similar poles finally repelled each, proving that the law of magnetism holds good for politics too. The sequences of events starting from the PDP-BJP coming to power, to the BJP ditching the alliance, promulgation of president’s rule and finally dissolution of the J&K assembly point to a political charade that eventually blew itself out. As India’s most sensitive border state that has been wracked with violence unleashed by terrorists sent from across the border in Pakistan, Jammu & Kashmir has sunk deeper into a morass by the contradictions of an opportunistic alliance between the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) and the BJP after the 2014 assembly election. In the 2014 elections, BJP surpassed all expectations winning 25 seats from 11 it held in the previous house. The BJP decided to pull the rug under chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed for a variety of reasons but chief among which was to prevent more erosion of its support base in Jammu due to the scaling up of terror attacks. The governor’s role in the entire crisis comes under scrutiny primarily since the spirit of the constitution has been overshadowed. If president’s rule was to eventually result in dissolution, then that should have been done five months back when all parties, barring PDP and BJP, had been demanding that. It took only a few minutes to dissolve the house that too, only after an alternative coalition(PDP,NC and Congress) had staked claim with 55 members past the halfway mark of 44 in a 87-member assembly. It was expected that the governor would invite the largest party of coalition to form the government and prove majority on the floor of the house. This is constitutional democracy and it should be respected. A governor cannot decide by basing his judgement on his imagination of horse trading, instability or any other reasons. It is also bizarre that the governor claimed that PDP and NC came together as per plan from Pakistan. Since J&K is a sensitive border state, it should have been incumbent upon the centre to show to Pakistan the Indian democracy is vibrant. It is also a time to enact laws to ensure that governors go by the book as not adhering to it will cause serious damage to democracy. 

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