Political lull leaves parties rudderless

Deccan Chronicle

Srinagar: The high security Gupkar road, which always used to be teeming with activities, now wears a deserted look. Except for a posse of security personnel loitering around, there is no activity whatsoever.

Outside the swanky residence of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, a group of safari clad security guards stand guard and ditto is the case outside Hari Niwas, the official residence of chief minister were presently Farooq Abdull-ah's son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah is lodged.

Till 48 hours ago, anther former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was in the same bungalow but had to be shifted to another government accommodation in Chashmashahi, reportedly after she and Omar had an argument over the PDP-BJP alliance.

For the last nine days, all political leaders including the former CMs have been detained in different places, not allowed to come out or meet anyone inside.

This will be the first time that the Independence Day celebrations at the high security Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium on August 15 — the first after Narendra Modi government scrapped article 370 — will be held in the absence of political leadership of the state as they will continue to be in detention.

The absence of political leadership has clearly worked to the advantage of Jammu and Kashmir administration who have left no scope to them to issue any statements, meet party workers or media or go out among the people.

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