With political leader Manoj Sinha as LG, GOI set to start political process in J&K

Murmu’s 4G comments, trespassing on mandate of EC pushed GOI to replace him

Srinagar: The appointment of a seasoned politician BJP Leader Manoj Sinha as Lt Governor of J&K will set off a political process in the Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, the decesion was taken a week before in New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah after a thorough discussion on the progress in situation in J&K a year after its special status was scrapped and was divided into two UTs.

The sources told KNS that there were many voices in top brass in BJP who were supporting a political reach out with different political parties and groups of people.

“ Though Lt Governor lately tried to reach out to people through media and public outreach programme, but it did not help him much in Delhi where BJP wanted him to reach out to people. BJP leadership was angry with him over style of functioning.”

However, the immediate trigger for Murmu’s exit was his comments on the restoration of 4G internet services in the UT against the line taken by the central government, the sources said. The Ministry of Home Affairs opposes the move; saying that it fears of its misuse by anti-state elements, However Murmu in an interview said he is “not afraid how people of Kashmir will use” the internet.

Secondly, his comments on the timing of assembly elections also didn’t help, with even the Election Commission hitting him openly for trespassing in its mandate.(KNS)