Omar Abdullah Emerges A Winner After Saffron Struggle27 January 2011
Srinagar: 'Bruised’ BJP has given a reason for Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah to smile. For the first time since the summer unrest, Omar is on a stronger wicket in Kashmir after he ‘successfully’ stopped the Ekta Yatra. “Politically it has given some leeway to Omar who stood up against BJP, though with the backing of the central government. However, it will spell doom for the peace process because without BJP on board there can be no breakthrough on Kashmir at the national level,” said Gul Mohammad Wani, professor of political science at the University of Kashmir. With panchayat elections just round the corner, the National Conference (NC) is trying to harvest the dividends at least in Kashmir and other Muslim majority areas of Jammu region. “Their ekta yatra proved to be a big flop for BJP which claimed 70,000 people would march to Lal Chowk but only 300 crossed the bridge at Lakhanpur. They stand exposed before the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the country. “It is going to spell disaster for BJP because they tried to divide Jammu and Kashmir on religion and regional lines,” said Ali Mohammad Sagar, senior NC leader and J&K law and parliamentary affairs minister.