Top PDP leaders in league with BJP to divide party: Report

Srinagar: Top three leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are “hobnobbing with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the aim to divide the party and continue the alliance in case of a break-up”, a report published by The Indian Express on Wednesday said.

“If they break the alliance, the BJP won’t be in power in the state for a long time because they won’t find partners. We apprehend they will instead split our party and continue an alliance,” the report quoted a PDP leader to have said.

There isn’t any option in sight that would bail out the party… even a resignation won’t get us out of this mess…, the PDP leader was quoted to have said.

Barring ministers Nayeem Akhtar and Haseeb Drabu, who were not in town, sources said all others were present at the meeting called by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday and Tuesday with PDP functionaries and legislators respectively, the report said.

“There is a lot of hopelessness. The ground has completely slipped away. It isn’t only about us. Our loss (of public support) isn’t a gain for the NC or Congress. It is a loss for each one of us. It is Kashmir vs Delhi on the ground. Black and white. No grey. There is little middle ground left,” the report quotes a party source to have said.

The PDP leaders, according to the report, ruled out any immediate break-up and fear that their condition will be worse than that of Jammat (e-Islami) workers after the Bhutto hanging in 1979.

Another PDP leader, according to the report, said the current situation in Kashmir will only impact the PDP.

“The BJP isn’t affected. In fact, they want harsher measures to control the situation because that suits them politically,’’ the leader was quoted by the report to have said, adding that their party is in serious trouble.

The way forward, according to this leader, is to “wait and hope things settle a bit”, the report added.

“There is no other plan. We are seen as killers. People don’t care about risking their lives when they come out and pelt stones at the Army during operations. They want to save militants who are encircled at any cost,’’ the leader was quoted by the report to have said.

“This sounds irrational but it is the ground reality. Unlike earlier, there is only one dividing line and we are not considered on the side of the people.”

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