Third Front minus old leaders

Third Front minus old leaders

President of Awami Ithad Party Er Rasheed and the bureaucrat turned politician Shah Faesal joining hands ahead of the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir is a clear message to National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference that competition is going to be tough and no party can win the Assembly seats with an ease.
AIP president Er Rasheed during the recently held parliamentary polls secured more than one lakh votes in north Kashmir and had even managed to win the few assembly seats. Prior to the Lok Sabha elections Shah Faesal had announced that his party—Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement—supports Er Rasheed and he had urged his supporters to vote for him. Er Rasheed getting a huge share of votes surprised many people including his opponents. Er Rasheed’s rise in north Kashmir was the main reason for Peoples Conference candidate losing Baramulla Parliamentary constituency. Though Er Rasheed did not win but he proved to be the “Man of the Match.”
Both Er Rasheed and Shah Faesal have got a clean image and are directly connected to the youth. They joining hands has made things difficult for the NC, which won all the three parliamentary seats in Kashmir, and the PDP, which is grappling with number of issues.
The Election Commission of India has already announced that Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to be held after Amarnath yatra ends in August. So the political parties need to gear up as Lok Sabha polls and Assembly elections are entirely different ball games. It seems that coming months would throw many surprises and the emergence of a Third Front minus old leaders could be one of the surprises.