New Beginning For NC-Congress Coalition, Testing Times Ahead For Opposition PDP


Srinagar, Dec 6: While the thumping victory on four Legislative Council (LC) seats under Panchayat quota has come as a big shot for the coalition government in the state, the results have clearly delineated battle-lines between National Conference-Congress combine and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for upcoming 2014 parliamentary and assembly polls.
According to political observers, while the results can’t be a precursor to what exactly is going to happen in the parliamentary or assembly polls, but these could be definitely a trend-setter for upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) and Municipal polls, which the coalition government would be eager to hold at the earliest now.
While the results have brought to fore the fact that NC, Congress and PDP are the only three formidable political forces in the state, these have at the same time also vindicated Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s stand that NC-Congress can take the lone opposition - PDP – head-on if the two parties forge pre-poll alliance for parliamentary and assembly polls.
The LC polls have given a new and triumphant lease of life to the NC-Congress coalition which was struggling with both intra and inter-party strife for some time. The latest victory would further strengthen the bonds between NC and Congress as, despite differences, both the parties have exhibited an excellent show of solidarity in these polls.
The Electoral College for the LC polls consisted 33540 Sarpanchs and Panchs and each Panchayat member had to cast two votes for the two seats in their respective divisions.
The results have not only negated PDP’s claim about the majority of Sarpanchs and Panchs being associated with the party, but the opposition shall have to do some serious introspection over its shrinking base in South Kashmir, especially Islamabad (Anantnag) from where its top leadership comes.
While PDP was expecting to win at least one seat in the Valley, the coalition candidates wrested both the seats of with comfortable majority of 2675 and 2565 votes.
According to political observers, the dismal results for PDP coming from Anantnag and Wachi assembly segments represented by party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti should be a matter of concern for the party.
Similarly, the drab results for NC from rural belts of Srinagar as also from district Kupwara, seen as party bastions, should come as a shocker for NC bosses as the same point towards the slow but steady erosion of the party’s its base in these areas.
Surprisingly, in Valley, the coalition candidates have shown massive leads from the assembly segments held by Congress including Uri (Baramulla), Dooru (Anantnag), Kokernag (Anantnag), Leh (Ladakh).
However, according to observers, the results shouldn’t make the coalition complacent and it shall have to lay added focus on governance and delivery of basic services to the people as you never know when the brewing resentment over deteriorating power scenario and lack of other amenities could take an ugly turn for the rulers.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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