February 2016 News

In Jammu And Kashmir, People Give A Thumbs Up To Governor's Rule

9 February 2016
Nazir Masoodi

Srinagar: For Sayed Ikram, an entrepreneur from Srinagar, Governor's Rule in the state is a blessing in disguise. For a year, he has been waiting for clearance from the government for a mini hydro power project. It came recently - within a month of the state passing under Governor's Rule. 'A phone came from the secretariat saying the file had got passed,' Mr Ikram told NDTV. 'Governor's Rule is very good for the people.' Mr Ikram is one of the many people who are not missing the absence of an elected government. Governor's Rule was declared last month, following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7. A rift between People's Democratic Party and the BJP that followed has raised questions about the continuation of the alliance and government formation in the state. But in Jammu, hundreds of people who queued up outside the secretariat did not complain about the absence of the ministers inside. They appeared happy that the common man was getting entry into the building without any recommendation from politicians. The 10-month tenure of the PDP-BJP government had often been marred by controversies and governance had taken a back-seat, the people said. Treasuries were not clearing bills, teachers went without salaries for months and long power cuts led to street protests. 'Earlier, no work was done. Nobody was listening. Now something is working,' said Kishen Jeet Singh, who was waiting in queue. Another man, Bilal Ahmad, said he was happy that he didn't need a politician's recommendation to get inside. 'We are happy about Governor's Rule. Earlier, the common man would suffer, only influential people got their way. Now everyone can go and get their work done,' Mr Ahmed said. In Srinagar too, few seemed to be missing the elected government. The feeling was that the alliance was more concerned about ideological and political standpoints than delivering basic governance. Both PDP and BJP claim they have delivered good governance. 'Democratic set-up is any day better than Governor's Rule,' said Rafi Ahmad Mir, PDP General Secretary. 'Our government tried its best to fulfil aspirations of the people and put the Agenda of Alliance in place, but steps taken by the Raj Bhavan is very appreciable,' said BJP spokesman Khalid Jahangir.