CM’s Task to Buy Po­lit­i­cal Time For Safe Land­ing

Me­hbooba has to es­tab­lish her­self as 1st woman CM of Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity state

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

with a touch of prag­ma­tism.

At the same time, she will have to wrest from the Modi gov­ern­ment ma­noeu­ver­ing space to in­dulge in ‘pol­i­tics of heal­ing touch’ to check the pro-Pak­istan sep­a­ratists’ and man­age the turf-war with the Na­tional Con­fer­ence-Congress, even while try­ing to deal with the in­creas­ing rift in her party over ide­o­log­i­cal is­sues and power-shar­ing. Af­ter all, it is strate­gi­cally im­por­tant for the BJP too to show it is part of the rul­ing es­tab­lish­ment in a Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity state.

Her im­me­di­ate chal­lenges will be the Lok Sabha by-poll when she va­cates her seat in the Val­ley and fac­ing the so­cial chal­lenges in es­tab­lish­ing her­self as the first woman CM of a Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity state. Many old as­so­ci­ates of Mufti Sayed say that dur­ing dif­fi­cult times he used to re­as­sure them by say­ing, “time can be a heal­ing fac­tor” and that he be­lieved that in­stru­ments of power and of­fice can be imag­i­na­tively used for pro­vid­ing the ‘heal­ing touch.’ With the ben­e­fit of daily guid­ance from her men­tor lost, the ques­tion Me­hbooba Mufti faces is whether she would pre­fer to trust time’s heal­ing ca­pac­ity and use the re­main­der of her ten­ure to es­tab­lish a new pro­file and ad­min­is­tra­tive agenda for her­self to go to the peo­ple or whether she will use time at her dis­posal for a po­lit­i­cal safe land­ing from a dif­fi­cult al­liance.

Jammu & Kash­mir Gover­nor NN Vohra ad­min­is­ter­ing oath to Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti at Raj Bhawan in Jammu on Mon­day PTI

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