Political parties in people’s court

Political parties in people’s court
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The news reports about Election Commission of India likely to club fresh Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir with the Parliamentary elections have brought the political parties out of their shell as these parties know that they have to approach the ‘people’s court.’
The forthcoming polls would pose a big challenge for the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party as they would have to fight on a different turf this time around. The emergence of Sajad Lone led Third Front is reality and the leaders who were a part of PDP and NC could join Lone as they know it very well that he (Sajad) enjoys New Delhi’s backing and he is a potential Chief Ministerial candidate. Even the J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik has acknowledged that New Delhi wanted Sajad Lone to be the J&K Chief Minister when he dissolved the Assembly.
There is possibility about NC getting benefitted due to the anti-incumbency factor but it won’t be able to reach the magic figure of 44 on its own. In fact none of the parties would reach this figure. It’s a known fact that the new Assembly elections would throw a fractured mandate and parties would have to align with each other to share the power. The biggest question is who would share power with whom? Would it be NC, PDP and Congress together or it would be BJP supporting Peoples Conference? The Election Commission has to complete the poll process in J&K by May 21, 2019 and clubbing Assembly polls with Parliament elections is the best possible option. Kashmir based parties face an uphill task as this time around New Delhi is in no mood to support them.

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