Mehbooba won’t find it easy

Mehbooba won’t find it easy
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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti could face a tough challenge from the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir in south Kashmir’s Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
Mehbooba has won this parliamentary seat twice in 2004 and 2014 but third time around it won’t be that easy as the south Kashmir has remained the epicenter of violence during the past few years. Once the stronghold of Muftis, south Kashmir had rebelled against the PDP for joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
After BJP pulled out from the Mehbooba Mufti led government in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the PDP has been making all the efforts to tell the people that aligning with BJP was a “mistake” and people should “forgive” the party for committing a “huge blunder.”
On the other hand Congress candidate in Anantnag, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, has been reaching out to far flung areas and telling the people that Congress is the only choice for them. He is trying his best to encash upon the anti-incumbency factor and is counting on the traditional vote bank of the Congress party.
National Conference also has made things easier for the Congress party by giving mandate to the retired Justice Hassnain Masoodi, who is still a beginner in the politics.
Ghulam Ahmed Mir is the only candidate, who can turn the tables on Mehbooba Mufti, in south Kashmir. If the voters decide to “punish” Mehbooba then no one can stop G A Mir from going to the Parliament. Lot would depend upon how many people would come forward to exercise their franchise and elect their representative. Despite elections coming closer electioneering in south Kashmir is yet to pick up.