Unending violence, civilian killings pushing politicians away from people

Unending violence, civilian killings pushing politicians away from people
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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Apr 12: The unending violence and civilian killings in Kashmir has put the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a tight spot.
A Kashmir watcher while talking to Precious Kashmir said that many people are of the opinion that it’s high time for PDP to revisit its decision about continuing its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state. “The south Kashmir, which was considered to be PDP’s bastion, has become the epicenter of violence and killings,” he added.
He said, “There is a murmur even within the PDP that party should revisit its decision about carrying on with the BJP.”
A source said, “A few PDP leaders who had emerged from the ground are feeling the heat and are unable to reach out to the people who voted for them.”
He said, “When PDP entered into an alliance with BJP the party was assured that all the efforts would be put to ensure that everyone is taken on board and situation is brought under control. But during past three years situation has taken an ugly turn.”
An insider revealed that a few people in the PDP camp are of the opinion that party top brass should discuss these issues with the top BJP leadership. “If killings don’t stop our party should take a call on whether to continue or not,” he added.
A politician wishing not to be named said, “PDP seems on the suicidal path. The party which had emerged as an alternative for the National Conference has lost its sheen during the past three years.”
He said, “If killings don’t stop PDP would find it very difficult to handle the situation in next elections. As it’s the government has not been able to hold by-elections for Anantnag parliamentary seat.”
An analyst said, “BJP is getting ready for the 2019 parliamentary polls. It seems the party is no mood to listen to its ally PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. It looks like that BJP wants to drive home a point that it doesn’t believe in making compromises. It wants to sell giving befitting reply to the militants in Kashmir and Pakistan as its major achievements in the forthcoming polls.”
He said, “In the process saffron party has trampled the PDP. The PDP has to give a though to it. Security issues are being handled by New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir government has no say in it. But the common perception among the people is that PDP is equally responsible for the prevailing grim situation in the Valley.”