The legitimate Desk: Troubled
With just few months left for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Mehbooba Mufti is struggling to keep flock together.
After the Assembly was dissolved by Governor Satya Pal Malik, Mehbooba and her party suffered severe blow with the resignation of senior party leader Dr Haseeb Drabu followed by former MLA Zadibal Abid Hussain Ansari. Abbas Wani from Gulmarg constituency also parted his ways with PDP.
Before these three leaders, Imran Ansari had already quit the party and joined Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone.
While the rebellion in the party already existed, Drabu was not one among them. It must have served a shocker to the party and its president.
In fact Mehbooba in a presser had already said that he was brought with love and affection by party founder Mufti Mohammad Sayed and wished him half heartedly ‘best of luck’. The reports if true have already been in the space rounding that PDP has 18 rebel members who are waiting for an opportunity to leave it.
So far only 3 have left among the rebels including Abbas Wani, Abid Hussan Ansari and Imran Ansari, the uncle and Nephew. Two more who exposed their dissatisfaction openly after the alliance of PDP-BJP collapsed Javaid Hassan Baig from Gulmarg and Yasir Reshi from Sumbal are yet to disclose their decision. In fact both of them have been staying quite after registering their dissent in the party few months back.
Ahead of elections it is quite common to see the politicians shifting their faiths and allegiance to their benefit and convenience and change of party is one of the symbols. However, in case of PDP which had emerged as a potential mainstream force to counter National Conference in 1999 is facing the worst times.
After the departure of senior Mufti the junior daughter is struggling to save the ship from sinking. Since its inception, PDP had a cream of leaders in valley who managed to secure the power twice and its leadership was widely being respected across the political spectrum of country.
But major share to its failure goes to its leader and her brother who did not only introduce their own family members to the decision making positions, however, also encouraged nepotism and favouritism in the governance.
On the other hand those who had given best services to the party and were a grass root level leaders were pushed to the wall.
Certain persons like Nayeem Akther, Sartaj Madani and Tasaduq Mufti were having a bigger say in the party affairs including its leader Mehbooba.
The political stalwart Muzaffar Hussain Baig who was along with Tariq Hamid Karra close to senior Mufti was according to him never consulted in party affairs after Mufti died. Karra had already left to join Congress.
Baig, however, even hinted to join the PC recently in a press conference. In a damage control mission, Mehbooba elevated him to the position of party patron. His nephew Javaid Hassan Baig had also been rebel to the party few months back though he later stayed calm and retracted from his statements.
While going through the prevailing circumstances in PDP, it is very difficult for PDP to sail through in upcoming elections. And its major benefits may be shared by both Congress and National Conference. For Mehbooba there is lesser time to introspect and rejuvenate the party ahead of elections to fight a battle to win.
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