PC, AIP yet to reach South Kashmir

PC, AIP yet to reach South Kashmir

For Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone and Awami Ithad Party led by Er Rasheed Parliamentary polls have ended as both the parties have been unable to put up strong contenders in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency in south Kashmir.
The PC candidate Zaffar Ali and the AIP contestant Zubair Masoodi are new entrants into the politics and they don’t even have an outside chance of making their presence felt on the ground.
Both Lone and Er Rasheed have been claiming that they are out to change the political discourse in Kashmir by challenging the hegemony of the politicians, whom they have been calling “dynasts.”
There are many reasons for PC and AIP not being able to make inroads into south Kashmir. Both PC and AIP have emerged from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Their leaders have a strong base in the frontier areas there and they have been unable to find any popular leaders, who could join them in south Kashmir.
The contest in Anantnag is between Peoples Democratic Party, National Conference and Congress. The new parties would take time to reach the south Kashmir, which has been on boil since 2016.
There is every possibility about Assembly elections being held in Jammu and Kashmir soon after the new dispensation is formed in New Delhi. The PC and AIP may not get enough time to make inroads in south Kashmir to win any Assembly seats. Not many people in south Kashmir have come forward to join the Peoples Conference, which during the past few months has thrived on leaders from other parties joining it.
For time being both the parties would have to remain content with north Kashmir. The Peoples Conference has got a slight edge in Srinagar as Ansaris have joined the party and they do have their own vote bank in the summer capital.