All eyes are on the trio in view of their recent utterances against the BJP and PDP coming together,” said a political observer. The elections, he said, would test their stance.
Three legislators from Kashmir—Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami, Hakim Muhammad and Er Abdur Rashid—are facing a litmus test on February 7 as the state’s four RajyaSabha seats go to the polls.
According to observers, the three MLAs—who have been strongly opposing any alliance between the right-wing BharatiyaJanata Party and Peoples Democratic Party on government formation J&K—will play a vital role in deciding the fate of third and fourth seat.
“All eyes are on the trio in view of their recent utterances against the BJP and PDP coming together,” said a political observer. The elections, he said, would test their stance.
“Since their vote matters, their abstaining from voting for one reason or the other or going out of station on the voting day will leave them exposed,” he said.
Earlier Tarigami termed the possible BJP-PDP alliance as “opportunistic”, saying “I am always for secular ethos. I am not going to vote for the PDP-BJP alliance.”
The Peoples Democratic Front president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Muhammad Yasin had also denied reports of his unconditional support to the BJP.
“I would only support the government which is in the interest of Kashmiri voters,” he had said.
MLA LangateEr. Rashid has been constantly making pro-Kashmir and pro-secular statements.