BJP is playing with fire. It must act before it is too late. The nation has been grievously wounded in Gurdaspur confirming fears of return of militancy in Punjab. As investigators piece together the remains of the bloody trail, politics around terror has raised its ugly head. BJP, part of the ruling alliance, cannot run away from the charge that the state government has been soft on terror. BJP catapulted to local partner in 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict D S Bhullar transfer case to state. Post Gurdaspur terror attack, Punjab Chief Minister lost no time to pass the buck to centre. In neighbouring J&K, where BJP shares power with PDP, the story is no different. Mufti administration has publicly emboldened separatists. All this while, BJP is preoccupied in somehow staying on in power in two strife torn states.
Competitive politics portends well for democracy. Ironically, in case of the Valley, two major local political parties have engaged in a political slugfest to publicly appease the separatists and whip up anti India sentiments. The ruling PDP can run away with credit for feeding the separatist sentiment. Not to be left behind the opposition too has joined the fray. A hapless BJP is caught in the crossfire even as it claims to be at the right place at the right time. What about right action? National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal (brother of Dr Farooq Abdullah) says there is nothing wrong with hosting of Pakistan flag. Traditionally Valley politicians have perfected the art of not rubbing the separatists the wrong way. Ruling at the Centre and a first time partner in the state government, BJP can no longer be happy playing Dhitrashtra.