BJP has dispatched a lot of leaders to Jammu and Kashmir for the election campaigning in the current DDC elections. Many central ministers came here and promised a lot of development and jobs if the people of Jammu and Kashmir will vote for them.
When the DDC elections announced along with the by elections of panchayats and ULB’s, there was the feedback to the union ministry that PAGD will not participate in these polls.
They thought that it was an opportune time to make inroads in several political belts of National Conference and PDP as in Jammu they are confident to get the votes due to the abrogation of article 370.
Jammu and Kashmir District Development Council election marks the era of a democratic electoral process in the union territory after the abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August 2019.
The way BJP has started the campaigning by attacking all the leadership of PAGD dubbing them as anti-nationals they think that this formula will work as it has worked in the rest of the states.
They have gone one step further in Kashmir valley as the candidates of PAGD have been complaining that they have not getting proper security to campaign and most of them have been confined in the cluster security arrangements done by the government.
Most of the leaders of PAGD especially former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have accused that the BJP government was misusing the official machinery in Jammu and Kashmir so that its candidates are benefited in the current elections.
The outcome of these elections will have a lot of bearing not only on the future of PAGD but also on the future strategy of the BJP government on how to deal politically in Jammu and Kashmir in the coming months.