Who will have the last laugh?

Who will have the last laugh?
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The Jammu and Kashmir government is gearing up to hold the parliamentary polls. However, the Election Commission of India has not declared when the Assembly elections would be held in the state.
Political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have already gone in election mode and are trying to reach out to the people. The regional parties are more interested in the Assembly polls as they know that six parliamentary seats in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh hardly make any difference at the national level.
National Conference is trying to encash upon the prevailing anger against the PDP and is trying its best to woo the voters. On the other hand PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has returned to her old ways of politics and is trying to regain her credibility, which she has lost by joining hands with the BJP.
Both NC and PDP have forgotten that they had threatened to boycott the parliamentary and assembly polls in the state when the Governor’s administration decided to hold urban local bodies and panchayat elections in the state. Parties stayed away from the process to seek assurance from the Centre that Article 35-A won’t be fiddled with but New Delhi did not give any assurance and went ahead with the polls.
Emergence of Third Front led by Sajad Gani Lone has also added to the competition. The PDP rebels, who have got the potential of winning assembly seats on their own, joining Sajad Lone too has the disturbed the “Applecart” of the NC and PDP.
Both the parties had toyed with the idea of coming together and forming a government in the state in November last year but the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly before the plan could materialize. Now fresh elections only will decide that who would have the last laugh.