Ahead of LS results, Mehbooba to chair party meeting today

Ahead of the results for Lok Sabha elections next week, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has summoned party leader and members for a meeting at her residence here on Sunday.

A source said the meeting would start at 11 am and would be attended by former MLAs and ex-ministers, apart from constituency in-charges and district presidents.

Party patron Muzaffar Hussain Baig who was not seen active during election campaigning, owing to health issues, is also likely to attend the meeting.

A party member said the meeting had been initially scheduled after the election results. “But we were suddenly communicated to attend the tomorrow’s meeting. That is all I know,” the member said.

However he said the party leadership hasn’t been happy with the performance of some of the members during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting also assumes significance in wake of the media reports that Mehbooba who contested the election from Anantnag seat was in for tough competition from rival parties, Congress and National Conference.

The competition became tougher for the PDP chief, who has won all six elections of her over two-decade career, owing to boycott in the Assembly segments of Anantnag constituency  which have remained a stronghold of the party over the years. The outcome of the result, many believe, will have a bearing on the fate of the party which was hit by rebellion earlier this year, as well as party’s prospects in the long overdue Assembly elections in the state.