To keep BJP at bay, Cong workers ‘campaign for PDP’

Wasim Khalid
Srinagar: Apparently nervous about the BJP’s so-called ‘mission 44+’, the Pradesh Congress Committee is covertly campaigning for opposition PDP in constituencies where it feels it stands on a weak wicket.
“We are campaigning for PDP in some constituencies,” a Congress member, who’s part of the campaigning, told Kashmir Reader.
“In many constituencies, where we have a weak position but have our committed voters there, we’ve instructed them to vote for PDP this time,” he said.
The Congressman said they are conducting door-to-door campaigns for PDP and regularly attending their meetings and gatherings in small villages and towns.
“We are doing it since we do not want that BJP’s so-called ‘mission 44+’ should succeed in Kashmir. We have to defeat them and there would be allies in the post election,” he said.
Other Congress workers also admitted that many party workers, activists and members of the Youth Congress Committee are running the campaign for the PDP.
“The entire leadership of Congress present in the state and in New Delhi is aware of this move. This decision has been taken officially,” they said.
However, they said, in the constituencies where the party’s position is strong, it’s not running the pro-PDP campaign.
“These areas include Sonawari, Beerwah, Dooru, Kokernag, Devsar, Eidgah, Zadibal and Ganderbal,” they said. “We have been told to covertly carry out the campaign with a tacit understanding with the PDP.”
Congress spokesperson Salman Anees Soz neither admitted nor rejected that his party people were helping the PDP.
“Strange things happen in elections. You know there is never a proper control on workers and activists. Same is true with our party as well,” Soz told Kashmir Reader.
“As far as I know we are unaware of any such development where we have asked our workers and lower rung leaders to campaign for the PDP,” he said.
Soz claimed that he was not fearful of the BJP’s Kashmir march, adding, that the latter “would fail to open an account in Kashmir.”