PDP on last legs

PDP on last legs

The trouble within Peoples Democratic Party is far from over. Two more leaders Basharat Bukhari and Peer Muhammad Hussain have said goodbye to the party.
Since the day Assembly has been dissolved in Jammu and Kashmir, the PDP has fallen like a pack of cards. During the past one month more than six top leaders have deserted the party thus shaking the very foundations of the PDP, which during the past few years had emerged as the alternative for the people of Kashmir. However, it’s evident that PDP’s decision to join hands with BJP to share power in Jammu and Kashmir has backfired. PDP has lost its voter base as well as its leaders, who had worked overtime to build this party.
The PDP president somehow has managed to pacify the senior most party leader by elevating him to the top post but the others seem to have decided to snap the ties with the party and they are slowly moving out.
The fall of PDP has lent credence to the claims of the Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone that most of the former PDP legislators were ready to support him to form the government in the state. It looks like that had Governor Satya Pal Malik given a chance to Sajad Lone to form the government he could have proved his majority at the floor of the House. Anyway Assembly stands dissolved and it seems apparent that the fresh elections in the state would be held in within a few months. PDP’s debacle is evident as its own leaders have given up and the emergence of Third Front led by Sajad Lone is a reality. This Third Front looks set to challenge the PDP and run away with its share of votes.