Bureaucrat turned politician and National Conference leader Farooq Shah on Sunday said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has not only lost the three important Parliament seats in Kashmir but it has virtually been decimated in north Kashmir.
In a statement here Shah said, “National Conference has emerged as the main contender for the upcoming assembly elections. North Kashmir, once considered as the stronghold of the Ink-pot party, this time rejected the Mehbooba brigade. The party has not been able to win even a single assembly segment out of 15 constituencies in north Kashmir.”
He said, “The result statistics show a huge revival NC in nearly half a dozen segments where PDP had held its feet. Omar Abdullah has been able to revive NC’s base in Gulmarg, Sangrama, Pattan, Sopore, Rafiabad , Lolab , Bandipora and Kupwara constituencies. The National Conference not only won 9 segments but also came second in four of the remaining six segments which is a huge revival of the party in north Kashmir.”
He said that in 2014 assembly elections, the PDP had won seven assembly segments, NC three, PC two and Er Rashid’s AIP one seat. However, in these elections, PDP has lost all the eight segments to NC and Er Rashid.
“In Tangamrg constituency the NC has been able to turn the tables and make a spectacular come back getting 8, 900 votes which are nearly three thousand more than PDP and six thousand more than People’s Conference,” he added.