PDP’s downfall looks inevitable

PDP’s downfall looks inevitable

Shopian and Pulwama districts witnessing mere 2.81% polling in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency seems to have drawn curtains for the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who is contesting her seventh election from south Kashmir. Till date she has won all the six elections but this time around she could end up on the wrong side of the fence.
Many people were of the opinion that last phase of the elections in Pulwama and Shopian would hold the key at least for Mehbooba but dismal turnout in both the districts seems to have sealed her fate. There is every possibility about Mehbooba staring at first defeat in her political career.
If Mehbooba loses Anantnag parliamentary seat it would be a big loss for PDP that too in south Kashmir, which till 2014 was considered to be the party’s citadel.
Media reports suggest that many PDP leaders are waiting for the results of the Lok Sabha polls and if the party ends up on the losing side it would lead to more leaders saying goodbye to the party.
The overall voting percentage in Anantnag, which voted in three phases, stood at 8.76 per cent. This is the second-lowest turnout for any Lok Sabha constituency in the state since the eruption of militancy, staying marginally above the 7.2 per cent registered in the bypoll to the Srinagar parliamentary seat in 2017.
The trends in the first two phases of polling in Anantnag parliamentary constituency were not favouring Mehbooba. The Assembly segments were polling was held in Shopian and Pulwama districts on Monday used to be stronghold of PDP but both these districts almost boycotting the polls is a clear message to Mehbooba that she should forget about these areas. PDP’s downfall looks inevitable.