Denied mandate, PDP’s youth coordinator resigns

Denied mandate, PDP’s youth coordinator resigns

Baramulla: A youth leader belonging to opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from this north Kashmir district announced his resignation on Wednesday and accused the party leadership of encouraging family rule by giving mandates for the coming Assembly elections to the kin of senior leaders.
Dr Shahzad Asim, chief coordinator, youth wing PDP announced his resignation in presence of hundreds of his supporters at the Dak Bunglow, Sopore, reports said.
Asim said that the PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Syed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti had promised him that he will be party’s next candidate from Sopore constituency for the upcoming elections.
“However, at the last moment, MLA Rafiabad, Dilawar Ahmad Mir and his stooges sabotaged my candidature. He pressurized the party and got mandate for his brother-in-law Nazir Ahmad Naikoo,” Asim said.
He said that on the one hand, PDP was raising voice against the dynasty rule, and on the other hand, the party was giving mandates to kin of senior party leaders. He said that the deserving party leaders have been left high and dry by the lobbyists in the party.
“Even Muzaffar Hussain Beig is lobbying for a mandate for his wife or nephew. The senior PDP leaders don’t want the mandates to go to the deserving candidates. Isn’t this encouragement of dynasty rule,” he said.
He said that the party announced candidates for the next polls without taking him and other leaders into confidence.
“I would have respected party’s decision had I been informed about it. But I was kept in the dark,” he said.
Asim’s resignation also led to protests by his supporters at the Dal Bungalow. Chanting anti-party slogans, the protesting activists said that they will not support the PDP in the next elections. The protesters also tore the party’s membership cards to register their protest.