Old versus New

Old versus New

Emergence of new political parties especially in Kashmir is an indication that the forthcoming Assembly elections in the Valley won’t be confined within a few traditional parties.
Political scenario is all set to change and the small parties which have appeared on the scene could turn big. The Peoples Democratic Party which had emerged as an alternative for the National Conference stands decimated.
The NC has gained some ground during the past few months and the morale of the party leaders is high after winning all the three parliamentary seats in the Valley, but the top NC leadership knows it very well that road to power this time around is not going to be that smooth.
The new parties with fresh faces are challenging the “old horses” and are out to prove their predecessors “inefficient.”
National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah recently described the new breed of politicians as the “agents” of New Delhi. He had cautioned people not to fall in their trap. However, people seem to be in no mood to listen to the veteran leader as they want to give new people a chance as the traditional politicians have not lived upto their expectations.
Many people believe that New Delhi by delaying Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir is giving ample time to the new parties to make inroads into the bastions of the traditional parties. National Conference has succeeded in keeping its flock together but the PDP has not been able to do the same.
The next Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir would prove to be very interesting as the lines are blurred and no one knows which party will get how many seats in the Valley. Political parties in Kashmir are in complete disarray and leaders are running short of the ideas about how to manage the show.