PDP’s complete rout paves way for NC’s revival in north Kashmir

PDP’s complete rout paves way for NC’s revival in north Kashmir

Baramulla, May 26: The People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) has not only lost the three important Parliament seats in Kashmir but it has virtually been decimated from the north Kashmir with National Conference and Peoples’ Conference emerging as the main contenders for the upcoming assembly elections. Once considered as the stronghold of the Ink-pot party, the north Kashmir has this time rejected the Mehbooba brigade with humiliating defeat. The party has not been able to win even a single assembly segment in the entire 15 assembly segments of the region putting the party into a very tight spot considering the upcoming assembly polls.
The result statistics show a huge revival of PDP’s arch rival National Conference in nearly half a dozen segments where PDP had held its feet and thrown NC to almost extinction. The Omar Abdullah has been able to revive its base in Gulmarg, Sangrama, Pattan, Sopore, Rafiabad , Lolab , Bandipora and Kupwara constituencies where it has been on loosing spree since 2002 when PDP assumed power in the state for the time to time.
Though Peoples Conference and Independent Candidate Engineer Rashid secured lead in almost fix segments, National Conference not only won 9 segments but also came second in four of the remaining six segments which is a huge revival of the party in the North region.
In 2014 assembly elections, The People’s democratic Party had won seven assembly segments , National conference three, People’s conference two and Er. Rashid’s AIP one seat. However, in these elections, PDP has lost all the eight segments to National Conference or Er. Rashid. The satisfactory thing for National conference has been its revival in Tangmarg , Sangrama, Sopore, Rafiababad, Bandipora, Lolab , Pattan , and Kupwara where the party has been on the losing spree from 2002.
In Tangmarg constituency, the National Conference Candidate Dr. Mustafa Kamal who is also the brother of former Chief Minster and now the parliamentarian Dr. Farooq Abdullah, had lost even deposit in the last two assembly elections which not only put an end to the NC rule in the Tourism famed constituency but also witnessed a huge transition of NC cadres to other parties particularly PDP in 2014. This time however, the party has been able to turn the tables and make a spectacular come back getting 8, 900 votes which are nearly three thousand more than PDP and six thousand more from People’s conference which came second in vote tally in the entire parliamentary constituency, thus positioning itself in a very comfortable place for the upcoming assembly elections. The local NC cadres give the credit of party’s revival to a new entrant Farooq Ahmad Shah who joined the party just little more than a month before the parliament elections were announced. According to them, Shah has been immensely effective in reinforcing the confidence among the scattered NC cadres.
The Party has also won the nearby Sangrama Constituency which was considered as the fort of PDP until last year when its long time MLA and senior leader Syed Basharat Bukhari switched sides owing to rift with the party leadership. Bukhari has been able to not only retain the seat but also was successful in transferring his own workers to NC camp besides consolidating the NC scattered cadre in a very short span of time. National conference secured 3020 votes in a low turnout election. His nearest rival Congress came third in the contest.
In Pattan, the PDP had been in Power since 2002 but lost this time to People’s conference The drubbing is due to change of heart of its another leader Imran Raza Ansari who last year left PDP and joined Sajad Lone’s People’s conference. The National Conference has however, shown a significant revival from here as it almost touched Ansari’s vote tally which means ,the upcoming contest would be between NC and PC whereas PDP seems to have lost the plot.
Similarly in Rafiabad, the NC has regained its Number one position securing 3402 votes whereas the PDP and PC got just 1627 each. Here too the PDP was in the hot seat since 2014 but NC’s local candidate and former minster Javid Ahmad Dar made a comeback this time around.
In Lolab also where PDP has been in power since 2002, the National Conference made a comeback . The party has also been able to regain its number One spot in Sopore, Bandipora, and Kupwara , whereas in Handwara , which is the home constituency of the PC Chairman Sajad Gani Lone, the NC has unsettled him to a great extent giving a revived hope to its local candidate and former minster Chaudary Mohammad Ramzan for the forthcoming assembly election .
In Baramulla, the PDP lost to Independent Candidate Er. Rashid which has indicated tough times for the party ahead.
A news agency spoke to many senior PDP leaders to know about their reaction, but none of them were willing to say anything on record. However, in the informal conversation, the leaders admitted that this was a huge set back to the party and added that they will soon meet and discuss as what went wrong.
The National Conference however, said that the results were encouraging but there was no reason to be complacent. Speaking to a news agency, Party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said that they will analyse the results in next few days and will chalk out a strategy as how to reconnect with the people.
“The people have shown faith in us again but we can’t be complacent. We have to build up from these gains and make sure that we win all these seats in the coming assembly polls,” Wani said, adding that in next few days the party will analyse the results and see where it lagged behind and where it made a comeback so that a future strategy is formalized. (RNA)