Water shortage sparks Mendhar protest
MEHNDER, IHK—Inhabitants of Harni village in Mendhar today staged a protest demonstration against drinking water crisis in the area.
A number of villagers assembled on the main road and blocked it for vehicular traffic amid slogans against the PHE department. The protestors claimed that for last three days water supply has been off in the area “which has left us in a lurch”.
“The temperature is soaring with each passing day and people are left to the mercy of God in absence of water for drinking and other purposes”, a protestor said.
After an hour-and-a-half long protest, SHO Gursain reached the spot and pacified the locals. He assured them that water supply will be restored by today evening, after which the protest was called off.—GK added that everything would be known in the next few days Dr. Singh did assure though that appropriate action would be taken with regard to the Sainik Colonies and the resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits. Does it really matter if informally it was decided that the civilian lands currently with the Army, say, in places like Baramulla, for instance, are made over for Sainik colonies or used for resettling Kashmiri Pandits.
What are bits of land worth? Nothing at all, between friends like the Centre and the State! Only snag is that the State Government and its PDP component headed by Mehbooba Mufti may not be as enthusiastic about such proposals as the BJP. After all, only two days after that, Mr. Ram Madhav, the BJP’s interlocutor in Jammu and Kashmir, was waxing eloquent on the TV channels about how the party had won the elections from Kashmir to Assam, carefully adding that his party did not accept the State’s special status and Article 370 but had opted to put it on the backburner for the present. Did he say that with a smile or was it a snigger? I couldn’t read. What he did say that was when the BJP forms its own government in the State the retention of the Article will be reconsidered.
So, as the valley braces up to counter or contain its current anger one thing seems certain: the State government will need tons of patience to negotiate the path ahead. I have heard of the existence of a special bond between the State Chief Minister and Mr Modi but am convinced that such bonds between politicians subscribing to two different political orientations are no guarantee of a stable relationship. That the BJP’s and the PDP’s is essentially an alliance of convenience is clear as day light.
And in its present all-conquering mood it is more likely that its men in the State, Jammu in particular, will be tempted to keep testing the waters ever so frequently, sending out teaser trailers and floating trial balloons, if only in the hope of tiring out the PDP and the valley. Ms Mehbooba will need tons of patience and a lot more deftness in meeting the challenge not only of her local political opponents but ,importantly, the challenges thrown to her covertly by her own partner in Government, the BJP, to wit. —Courtesy: GK