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BJP launches Mission 44 in Kashmir

New Delhi,June 6 (): BJP has embarked on Mission 44 for the assembly elections in J&K.

After getting three of the six Lok Sabha seats from Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP is hoping to get 44 seats in the 87 member assembly seats. Currently, BJP has 11 seats. The present alliance between Congress and NC is not likely to take place in the state polls. Both drew a blank. NC and Congress are claiming credit for hiking age limit to 60 for government employees.

Jammu has a fully-backed BJP as per poll results and pushed out Congress. Jammu, Chamb, Akhnoor, Udhampur and Gandhi Nagar assemblies had all voted for BJP in Jammu. Jammu has 37 seats and BJP hopes to get a few in Kashmir’s 46 and 4 of Ladakh. PDP won in Kashmir valley.

The Narendra Modi government is considering a proposal to re-name POK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir) as Pakistan-Occupied Jammu-Kashmir. This will consolidate its position in Jammu and signal that it is serious about Kashmiri Pundits coming back to Jammu. It plans to move away from Kashmir-oriented politics and bring in Jammu and Ladakh both of which are larger than Kashmir.

Jitendra Singh elected from J&K and Minister of State in the PMO, yesterday extended his wishes to the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Khir Bhawani festival, adding that the nation was committed to “honourable” return of Kashmiri Pundits to the Valley.

BJP has asked for a list of Kashmiri Pundits displaced from the valley after the riots. Jitendra and Pundits have been asking for repealing Article 370 that confers special status to J&K. This affects the human rights of the citizens. Sunanada Pushkar had supported the repeal of Article 370 and created a storm as she was wife of then Union Minister Tharoor. She as a Kashmiri Pundit had to flee her home after it was burnt down in riots. NC has announced a series of sops to make a comeback.