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PDP losing all 3 seats in Kashmir puts party in quandary
5/23/2019 11:20:54 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, May 23: Results of Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir have put the Peoples Democratic Party in a tight spot. The PDP losing all the three seats in the Valley has put the question mark over the party's future.
The PDP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls had won all the three seats in Kashmir but this time around the verdict has been reversed. "The leaders which had parachuted into the party for the sake of power left the PDP soon after the BJP pulled out from the government in Jammu and Kashmir, which led to the fall of the PDP led dispensation in the state," said an analyst.
He said that the PDP leaders by leaving the party during the crisis proved it beyond that they had joined the party just for the sake of power. "By changing their sides these leaders proved it beyond doubt that they never belonged to the party," the analyst added.
A Kashmir watcher said that National Conference winning all the three Parliamentary seats in the Valley and BJP winning 2 seats in Jammu and one in Ladakh have proved it beyond doubt that PDP has been the biggest loser in these elections. "NC has won despite polling percentage not being that high. It has wrested all the three seats from the PDP, which the party had won with clear margin in 2014. The PDP leaders, who have deserted the party and have joined the other parties would have to prove themselves now as it won't be acke walkj for them to get the mandate as the parties they have joined may prefer their own candidates over them," he said.
He said that PDP's defeat is an eye opener for the leaders within their camp who had predicted that holding elections in Kashmir is impossible. "When bye-election for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency were called off in 2017 after the violence in Srinagar constituency, one of the then PDP ministers had said that situation in Kashmir is out of control and no political exercise would be possible till talks are held with Pakistan and the separatists."
Another analyst said that PDP's defeat in Kashmir has dispelled the notion that any party which projects itself as the sympathizer of separatists can win the elections. "The nationalist people in Kashmir who ignored militant threats and the boycott call given by the separatists have driven home appoint that they have full faith in democracy and they have no interest in separatists and their politics. One hopes that Kashmir centric parties have learnt a lesson this time around," he added.
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