Srinagar: The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called a meeting of its senior leaders and legislators next week to discuss the emerging political situation in the state, especially in the backdrop of Srinagar Lok Sabha Member Tariq Hameed Qarra’s resignation from the party and the parliament’s membership.
Sources said chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the PDP president, has given consent to the meeting but the date has not been finalized.
“It (meeting) is likely to be held on Monday,” a senior PDP leader said.
Besides discussing the prevailing political situation in Kashmir, the meeting would be a show of strength by Mehbooba Mufti whose leadership and authority have come under question.
Speculations are rife that a group of leaders and legislators are also contemplating to quit the party as the unrest is prolonging and the state government is perpetually failing to tackle the situation.
“Mehbooba Mufti has not explained her version to the party leadership except in her public speeches. The Tariq Qarra development has come as a body blow to the party and compelled her to recheck the party strength,” a senior political analyst told Kashmir Reader.
The PDP leaders are non-committal on possibility of more exits from the party following Qarra’s suit.