|Early Times Report|
jammu, Apr 17: As the Legislative poll outcome today left ruling PDP stunned, there are pointers galore that indicate its ally in power BJP ditched the partner in a tactical way, even as it is cross voting from one of the members associated with PDP on account of which a situation of tie emerged after counting of votes.
Sources said PDP feels betrayed at the hands of BJP though not in a direct manner as the latter was keen on entry of its candidate in the Upper House from day one, despite an understanding between the two alliance partners on number of seats which each one of them would win with each other's support. Sources said while disappointment prevails within PDP for what emerged as an embarrassing situation for the party, many in BJP too feel the party has not followed coalition dharma in many ways for this 'battle'.
BJP was serious and keen on entry of one of its member from Jammu from day one which is why the leadership asked Vikram Randhawa, now a winner, to file nomination papers whereas the numbers were not at all safe for his victory. While PDP did not contest on Kashmir seat and supported BJP without condition, BJP played a tactical move an
ensured Jammu seat in its kitty, feel most of the PDP leaders even as some admit the understanding on the seats was actually on flawed and PDP should not have left Kashmir seat which went into BJP's kitty with GL Raina having been declared winner unopposed.
Anything is fair in politics?
When the situation of draw of lots arose, BJP as an abiding partner should not have allowed it for there was already an understanding of one seat to PDP from Jammu, a strategy that would have ensured equal number of seats to the two coalition partners.
Sources within PDP said BJP's top leaders like Ram Madhav and even the stalwart like Amit Shah wielded their influence in the LC polls, though apparently they tried to rope in the independents, mainly Pawan Gupta from Udhampur to be by the party side for Vikram's victory.
What PDP leaders are now questioning is the very fact that when there was an understanding between two allies for safe passage of Abdul Qayoom Dar with preferential calculations of votes of the two parties, BJP should have avoided nomination of Vikram in the first place. When the battle is like war of nerves, the probability of cross voting always remains which happened today, said the source. Moreover, when the situation of draw of lots arose, BJP as an abiding partner should not have allowed it for there was already an understanding of one seat to PDP from Jammu, a strategy that would have ensured equal number of seats to the two coalition partners.