PDP activists upset over poll mandate to ‘favourites’

Srinagar: Having always cried hoarse that the ruling National Conference was beset with “family rule”, the chief opposition People’s Democratic Party appears no exception on this issue. Many leaders in both the regional parties are lobbying for tickets for their kin for the upcoming Assembly polls over other party hopefuls. The PDP has already issued two lists of candidates even as NC is yet to arrive at final decision, but hectic lobbying is on for the tickets.
Leading the race for lobbying in PDP was the recently elected MP Tariq Hamid Karra. Party sources said that Karra was vying to secure ticket for his wife and sister-in-law from Batamaloo and Hazratbal constituency, respectively. On Thursday last, PDP’s second list of nominees finalized Asiya Naqash, the sister-in-law of Karra for Hazratbal constituency. The candidature for Batamaloo has not been decided by PDP yet.
As the party is indecisive on at least four constituencies of Srinagar—Batamaloo, Eidgah, Amira Kadal and Habba Kadal—sources said that hectic lobbying has stalled the process.
“We have some dedicated workers in these constituencies. Among all aspiring candidates Mudasir Amin is seem as the most hopeful candidate for Habba Kadal constituency. However, party is considering a former bureaucrat and a sex-tainted politician,” said a party insider, adding that some disgruntled senior party workers are feeling sidelined which has made it difficult for the party to decide on the final list.
“This would have an adverse impact on the grass root workers as they would not identify themselves with some unknown face at this stage,” the sources said.
Kashmir Reader has learnt that on the similar lines senior PDP leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig, who was elected to Parliament in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls from North Kashmir, was seeking to secure ticket for his relative from his parent constituency Baramulla.