Mehbooba looking towards Delhi to save PDP from split, BJP not interested

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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, July 15: The Peoples Democratic Party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is looking towards New Delhi to save her party from a split. Her statement that if PDP is broken more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks would be born has stirred the hornet’s nest.
Reacting to her statement BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav said that it’s not BJP’s duty to keep PDP united. He asked Mehbooba to “keep her house in order rather than blaming BJP.”
“Instead of threatening the entire country, Mehbooba Mufti should put her own house in order. I don’t know if she is trying to threaten her own MLAs, whatever it may be, the statement was in a very bad taste” he said.
Political analysts believe that Mehbooba has sniffed that the leaders who have raised a banner of revolt against the party have decided to say “goodbye” to her and they may take others also along. “She (Mehbooba) is making desperate attempts to keep her party intact which has almost split. She is apparently angry with her rebel MLAs for going public about their differences with the party leadership,” said a political analyst.
He said, “Mehbooba had gone to Delhi with an intention to strike a deal with its old ally Congress but her MLAs seem to have foiled her plan as the split in PDP won’t allow both the Congress and PDP to cobble up the numbers to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The rebels have been alleging that PDP had been turned into a “family party” as all the affairs were being run by the family members of the former Chief Minister. “All the vital decisions about governance were taken in a kitchen. MLAs, who were elected by the party, were never taken on board. She brought her brother from Mumbai and inducted him into the cabinet at the cost of the elected representatives,” alleged a politician, who wished not to be named.
He said that now she is trying to “influence” New Delhi to stay away from the rebels so that they are left with no other option other than going back to the PDP leadership. “It seems that PDP rebels have closed all the doors of the reconciliation as they have announced that they won’t go back. It’s a big setback for the PDP leadership,” said a political analyst.
He claimed that “wrong policies” of the PDP leadership have pushed the party to the edge. “Now they are crying over the spilled milk,” the analyst added.