The exit of the People’s Conference has seemingly left the PAGD adrift. The five-party alliance including big players like National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have not met for nearly two months now.
Seemingly, the PAGD is disinterested in the elections to the chairpersons and vice-chairpersons which they have lost in six out of 13 where they had the mandate when results were declared on December 22 last year. The alliance also hasn’t appointed new official spokesperson since Sajad Gani Lone left.
From having a majority in nine out of 10 districts in Kashmir when results were declared, the PAGD has won on only five districts.
In Kupwara district where the PAGD had four DDC berths out of 13—as one seat of Dragmulla is yet to be decided—the alliance surprisingly decided to abstain from the voting process leading to PC candidate Irfan Panditpuri being elected as chairperson.
The independent candidate Haji Farooq Mir was elected as vice-chairperson backed by the PC.
The Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) which had won one seat in the district supported the PC hinting at the beginning of some interaction between the former rivals.
However, losing Kupwara district without a fight when the PC had just one more seat left everyone wondering about the PAGD’s game plan.
Budgam was not different as the PAGD lost the chairperson post to an independent and incumbent PDP District President Nazir Ahmad Khan.
The PAGD had won 10 out of 14 seats in the district with the NC having won the majority of eight seats on their own. Still, there was a tie between the official PAGD candidate Abdul Ahad Dar and Nazir Ahmad Khan who had won himself and had the support of another independent Nisar Ahmad Sheikh from Khag DDC segment.
The tiebreaker was decided through a draw of lots in which Khan won. The PAGD had three unknown defections in the district with one from the NC itself.
Interestingly Khan had openly rebelled and contested against the PAGD, a move ignored by his party even though it is a part of the alliance.
The only consolation for the PAGD was that the NC candidate Nazir Ahmad Jahara was elected the vice-chairperson.
In another jolt to PAGD in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the cross-voting against its own candidate, helped independent candidate Safina Baig to win. Safina, was backed by Peoples Conference (PC), JKAP and other independents. PC’s Sonullah Parrey bagged the position of vice-chairperson.
While three members of PC, two from Apni Party and Muzaffar Dar (an independent candidate) were supporting Safina, PAGD comprised of two members each from NC, PDP, Congress and Irfan Hafeez Lone (an independent candidate)
For the post of vice-chairperson, PC’s Sonullah Parrey and Irfan Hafiz Lone got seven votes each and then through a draw of lots Parrey managed to win.
Last week the PAGD suffered another loss in south Kashmir’s Shopian district where the JKAP managed to win.
JKAP candidate Bilqees Akhtar polled eight votes to win the chairperson’s post while the PAGD candidate secured only six votes. As per sources, JKAP candidate was short of one vote and a candidate from the alliance, which also had won seven seats out of 14 in Shopian, voted in favour of the JKAP. The Shopian DDC chairperson seat was reserved for a woman along with Ganderbal and Baramulla districts of the Valley.
The contest for the vice-chairperson’s post in Shopian went down to the wire with Apni Party’s Iqbal Manhas declared winner through a draw of lots after a tie between him and the PAGD candidate.
In summer capital Srinagar where JKAP is already heading the Municipal Corporation, the party candidate Aftab Malik bagged 10 votes out of 14 against three votes bagged by the PAGD candidate Kaiser Ganai, also a member of the National Conference.
The JKAP had won only three seats in the DDC polls, held in November-December last year, out of 14 in Srinagar district. It required the support of five more candidates to win the chairperson’s post. The BJP’s lone DDC member from Srinagar Ajaz Hussain also lent his support to the JKAP along with the BJP backed independent candidates. Apni Party’s Bilal Ahmad was elected as vice-chairperson after getting nine votes.
COMMUNISTS IN KULGAM
In Kulgam district, the PAGD managed to hold its fort with Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate Muhammad Afzal Parray winning the chairperson’s post. NC’s Shazia Poswal was elected vice-chairperson in the district.
“Kulgam will become a model for development. We will work to address issues related to Sadak, Bijli, Paani, employment, education, etc,” Afzal Parray said.
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