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Politics at its peak
12/2/2020 8:40:24 PM
Political parties not taking action against the rebel candidates who are contesting the ongoing District Development Council elections as independents has put the official candidates of the parties in a tight spot.
According to the media reports almost all the parties have allowed the disgruntled activists to contest and no disciplinary action has been taken against them so that if they win, they could be roped in and projected as their own people.
Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD)-an amalgam of the Kashmir centric political parties- is facing the worst crisis. The alliance had decided that one candidate of each party would contest from one seat but wherever the NC and PDP workers didn't get the mandate, they filed their nomination papers as independents and jumped into the fray. There are reports about the same situation being prevalent in Jammu region also. The BJP activists, who were denied mandate, are contesting as independents but no action has been taken against them. Speculations are rife that these candidates are proxies.
The PAGD in Kashmir is on the crossroads as the cracks within the alliance have brought the partners at loggerheads with each other. First they fought over seat sharing arrangement, now they are fighting against each other in the DDC polls.
Kashmir centric parties joining hands and jumping into the poll fray as a single entity had made the politicians believe that PAGD winning the DDC polls will be a cakewalk as there will be no competition but these leaders were mistaken. After the first two phases of the DDC polls it has become clear that people are coming out to vote in large numbers even in Kashmir and it appears that competition is going to be tough. All calculations are going to turn upside down if people keep on taking part in the polling process in large numbers in the Valley. Participation of people in the ongoing DDC polls has made one more thing clear that people used to stay away from the election process in Kashmir due to the fear of gun and threat of separatists. Post August 5, 2019 the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has changed completely. The ones who used to talk about violence and boycott are cooling their heels in jails and prisons, the militants who used to unleash terror are on the run. People in real sense are tasting selfrule and autonomy in J&K.
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