After losing Kashmir, PDP loses Jammu too

After losing Kashmir, PDP loses Jammu too
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Vikramaditya Singh, the elder son of former sadr-e-riyast Dr Karan Singh has formally joined the Congress party, nearly one year after quitting the Peoples Democratic Party.
Vikramaditya Singh, who was considered to be the face of the PDP in Jammu region had said goodbye to the party last year after he was “ignored” by the party leadership. Singh quitting PDP was a setback for the party. After he left the PDP many Jammu based leaders followed the suit.
The PDP which till the recent past used to claim that it had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to address the aspirations of the Jammu region and respect the mandate of the Jammu people today stands at cross roads. The party has lost its ground in Kashmir as well as in Jammu region.
Soon after the PDP-BJP government fell in Jammu and Kashmir the PDP faced rebellion as the rebel leaders of the party accused the party leadership of turning the party into “Family Democratic Party.” These rebels were very close to forming the government in Jammu and Kashmir but New Delhi announcing the Panchayat and municipal polls led to the process getting delayed.
The PDP is in a dilemma as it is running short of ideas about how to revive the party base. The PDP boycotting the municipal and panchayat polls has further pushed away its leaders in the Jammu region as most of them have violated the party whip and have been directly or indirectly linked with the ongoing municipal polls in the state.
Vikramaditya Singh has made his choice so the possibilities about him returning to the PDP fold look bleak. The PDP, which had emerged as an alternative for the people of J&K, has lost its sheen.