PDP Is Down But Not Out

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is under Governor’s rule. This rule in a democracy is not favored. Painfully this situation has not been created by the inability to conduct elections in the state or for any other reason associated with insurgency and separatism. Were these the reasons behind the stalemate in the government formation, it was a valid justification for putting the state under the Governor’s rule. But, the condition is the making of anti-democratic moves by the political parties in the state.

The political parties in order to get mileage out of the uncertainty in the state have deliberately created this situation. This time the party responsible for this is none other than the BJP. This party in order to gain some political mileage in the parliamentary elections of 2019 acted in such a way which is hardly expected in a democracy. It was this party which pulled out of the coalition government at a juncture when it was not expected. But, the party couldn’t find a dispensable item for the coming election than the coalition with the PDP.

The PDP no matter has lost power and the trust. There are many people who consider this party as out of sync now. The party is certainly in a disadvantaged position but all has not been lost yet. It can still make a comeback and even without being in power can play a decisive role.

There would be no surprises if the party will become part of a coalition government in case the elections are held. The dedicated voters, workers and cadres of this party still have hopes with the party leadership that they can regain the lost ground. They accept that a mistake has been made but they are hopeful of correcting that mistake and working for the people of the state.

Some of the developments after the fall of the government have gone in favor of the PDP. The attempts of the BJP to abrogate Article 35 A is one of that. Taking it as a big opportunity the party leadership has vehemently opposed this attempt. This situation also has helped the party in presenting itself as the opposition which was not allowing the BJP to try to abrogate the Article in question while in government. It can give this as a reason why the BJP broke the coalition at this time.

As per the moves of the party it seems that the leadership of the PDP has already made arrangements for consolidation the party base. The reshaping and restructuring of the party is in full swing without talking much about the same.

Had the party used the scientific and credible method, it would have also taken into account the unpredictable behavior of the electorate in their otherwise hasty study. They would have invested a thorough thought process before reaching to any conclusion.

If all the factors, historic and of the contemporary politics, are taken into consideration, it can safely be said that the PDP is still an important player in the politics of the state and will remain so. Who knows if the elections are held this party might turn the king maker and even the king can be from this party. The fingers are crossed.

Arshad Khan

Tral, Pulwama

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