Mufti's message to PM and what it means to us
ALI MUHAMMAD DAR
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed recently put forth his long pent up grouse before the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi that manipulations in several constituencies had affected the results in 2008 in Jammu and Kashmir. Mufti’s statement came as surprise for many people particularly those who had defied the separatists’ poll boycott dictate and come out of their houses in large numbers to see PDP in power.
The year 2008 was eventful for certain reasons. It witnessed a transition from violent to non-violent struggle by the people of Kashmir. Lakhs of people used to pour in on streets, raising pro-freedom slogans. It witnessed killings of a many unarmed and peaceful protesters at different places. Innumerable miseries and hardships were faced by the people due to continued curfews and shutdowns besides blockade of essential commodities including medicines by the Hindu extremists in Jammu. The year at its end also witnessed state assembly elections following withdrawal of support to the Congress led government by its ally PDP. The people in rural areas participated in elections in large numbers despite boycott call by the separatists. People in Srinagar district and many other towns in rural areas, by and large, stayed away from poll process.
The boycott proved very helpful to NC in notching up all the eight seats in Srinagar and some seats in other towns of Valley. But on the whole there was a perceptible PDP wave all around. When results came out, some unexpected results came to fore and people expected reaction from the PDP leadership over the suspected manipulations. But the PDP leadership at that time kept almost silent. Perhaps it expected that the Congress led coalition government at the centre might sooner or later invite it to get into the coalition with state Congress. But that did not happen till date.
There is a general perception among the people that when the mainstream politician of the stature of Muhammad Sayeed—one time union home minister—could not dare raise voice against the alleged manipulations of poll results what he can expected of other contestants who have no blessings of New Delhi. Virtually Mutfi failed his own voters by not doing anything to prevent, what he himself called, the manipulations in the results of 2008 polls. In many constituencies the people who voted for PDP in 2008 were not all supporters of PDP but their vote was only against NC. But much to their chagrin and disappointment the PDP leadership could not provide protection to their mandate.
PDP is looked upon as a party consisting of well educated people who are used to the politics of drawing rooms rather than streets. Sitting in drawing rooms they issue statements bedecked with beautiful words and phrases. They know how to fight their opponents through written statements and verbal duals during penal discussions on TV channels. But they do not know how to fight their opponents on streets. This, according to many, is also one of the reasons that PDP leadership failed to agitate effectively over what they call manipulation—euphemism of rigging. The PDP, as the largest opposition party, could not play the role of vibrant opposition.
Mufti’s latest grouse to the Prime Minister about 2008 poll rigging has once again reinforced the public belief that the governments in Jammu and Kashmir are made by New Delhi and that these are not formed by the people of state.
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