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PAGD Crumbles
1/19/2021 10:50:40 PM
Cracks within the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD)-an amalgam of Kashmir centric parties- have become wide and open as the Peoples Conference Sajad Gani Lone has pulled out from the alliance.
Leaders of Peoples Conference, an important constituent of the conglomerate, were up in arms against the National Conference for allegedly fielding proxy candidates in the recently held District Development Council elections in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, which the PC considers as its citadel.
The crucial meeting of the Peoples Conference held in Srinagar on Monday following which Sajad Lone on Tuesday announced that his party is no more a part of the PAGD. The PC leaders, who attended the meeting had stressed on Sajad to call it a day.
The PC pulling out from the amalgam has struck the blood and it can lead to the conglomerate falling like a pack of cards. Senior PC leaders, Imran Raza Ansari and Abdul Gani Vakil had raised the red flag a few days ago and were demanding that the PC should pullout so that the party is saved. They had told Sajad not to sacrifice his party for the sake of alliance, which they believe has no future.
Sajad was insisting that the chapter of the proxy candidates should be closed as there are bigger issues which need to be discussed. However, the party leaders didn't relent as they never wanted NC to get away with what it did.
Attempts of the PAGD vice-president Mehbooba Mufti to douse the flames didn't work as the main constituent of the alliance i.e. National Conference was least interested in the developments that were taking place. It appears that NC too was not interested in carrying forward the alliance as Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah did not respond to the allegations leveled by the PC leaders. They made no attempt to diffuse the crisis.
The issue of the proxy candidates snowballed into a major controversy as it triggered resentment within the PAGD and led to it getting split.
Sajad Lone after holding all the cards close to his chest announced that his party is no more a part of the PAGD. Lone took a bold decision to save his party. Had he gone against the wishes of his party leaders he could have ended up in isolation. He has saved his party from losing relevance. The top NC leaders remaining silent has struck the first blood.
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