Trifurcation Move Likely To Pick Pace
17 September 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: After a month-and-a-half, when the darbar is expected to move to the winter capital, Jammu, the trifurcation of J&K state movement is likely to gain momentum. Jammu State Morcha (JSM), an RSS-backed pro- Jammu organisation, has already started a signature campaign in favour of a separate state for Jammu. To give it momentum, Rashtriya Sawayamsewak Sangh chief K Sudershan is coming here on a four-day visit from September 24. RSS has made this programme when the Centre is engaged in talks with the separatist Hurriyat Conference and its second round of talks is due. Sources said Sudershan will hold meetings with the RSS cadre from Jammu, Udhampur and the Muslim- majority Doda district during his visit. According to information, the state BJP has also received instructions from the parental body to prepare for the RSS chief's visit. State BJP chief Nirmal Singh is considered to be close to the RSS. BJP, in its recent executive meeting at Patnitop, had passed a resolution to launch an agitation against the alleged discrimination of Jammu region. The RSS in Kurukreshtra Chintan Baithak in June 2002 had, for the first time, passed a resolution in favour of the trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir state. After that, the Jammu State Morcha (JSM) came into existence in Jammu. It contested the October 2002 Assembly elections on the issue of a separate state for Jammu and a Union Territory status for Ladakh. Sources said that during Sudershan's visit, sangh parivar organisations are likely to chalk out a strategy for the trifurcation agitation. 'We will certainly meet him during his visit. Our stance is clear on the trifurcation of the state and we have already started a signature campaign in favour of a separate state for Jammu,' said Sri Kumar, the chairman of JSM. There is a lot of pressure on the BJP within the cadre to come out openly in support of trifurcation. Despite backing JSM's signature campaign, the party has to date avoided openly supporting the trifurcation demand. The RSS in Jammu has started preparations for Sudershan's visit. This will be his fourth visit to Jammu after taking over as RSS chief.