The government of India announced the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of August 2019 while also abrogating the contentious Article 370 and Article 35A.
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In the turn around of events that followed, local leaders from Kashmir including the former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were put in preventive detention fearing that they might incite violent demonstrations against the Indian government. The BJP, the ruling party at the centre now seeks to emerge as the third political alternative in Jammu and Kashmir.
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BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir accused the local leadership as being guilty of having one foot in the separatist camp and the other in the Indian camp. BJP now feels that there is a political vacuum which needs to be filled and it can be the political party that offers a third alternative to people of Kashmir who were only made to choose between the Abdullahs and Muftis till date.
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Ram Madhav of the BJP stated that Kashmir needs a third political alternative that can instigate development at grass-root levels. He endorsed the idea of a political option whose agenda will be the development of the state. Madhav further stated that the BJP will do whatever it takes to address the alternative political process in the region.
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Ram Madhav, the National General Secretary of the BJP also raised the issue of political and human rights being denied to Hindus and Kashmir including Kashmiri Pandits. He blamed the regional political parties for treating Kashmiri Hindus as refugees in their own region and land.
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BJP which came back to power with a thumping majority in 2019 general elections will now look to build a stronghold in Jammu and Kashmir as the designated union territories carved from Jammu and Kashmir will have their own legislative assemblies.