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Political parties setting electoral chessboard in Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated on December 7, 2021 at 12:27 pm

All eyes in Jammu and Kashmir are on senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad whose “dissident” moves are causing concern among the party leadership.

It is being seen by a section of the Congress a move to disintegrate the party before the assembly elections and form a separate outfit.

Azad is currently holding rallies throughout J&K but his thrust is in the Muslim dominated areas of Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban where he is trying to further consolidate his position.

Azad’s recent statements in which his annoyance towards the Congress leadership was visible have generated a debate among the party cadres.

Significance is being attached to his two statements in which he did not rule out floating a separate political party saying “nothing can be predicted in politics” and the other in which he predicted that Congress will not get 300 seats in the next elections for Lok Sabha.

Political scenario in J&K is taking several twists and turns amid expectations of assembly elections. The BJP is busy setting its electoral chessboard particularly in the valley where atleast two Kashmir-centric parties are being identified by people as “B-team” of BJP. However, leaders of these parties have denied the charge.PDP chief, Mehbooba Mufti, who earlier shared power with BJP, is now flexing her muscles at PM Narendra Modi by trying to put the central government on the mat.

The National Conference leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah are also not leaving any stone unturned to strengthen the party’s position in the valley and Muslim dominated districts of Jammu.

The Gupkar Alliance has weakened with the Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone quitting the conglomerate. Political observers say that the electoral scene this time would emerge interesting as the BJP would try to make its presence in the assembly from the valley.