Has the PDP lost ground post-Mufti Mohammed Sayeed death?

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Isn’t it true that after the demise of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, the People’s Democratic Party has lost a mature leadership? Just before the formation of government in the state, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed took his last birth in the early days of 2016. After his death, the PDP has ceased to be what it was. It was a party which had the caliber of leading an unstable state like Jammu and Kashmir.

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Unfortunately, his demise has not only brought a loss to the state politics but also the political party he belonged. The people of the state are witness to the fact how inefficient the government was during the time of Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Minister of the state. She failed to carry on the legacy of her father and eventually her government fell. The result is J&K is under the Governor’s rule and President’s Rule since last one year.

The founding PDP member Mohammed Khalil Bandh on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of the party, saying it had turned upside down after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. In a setback to the PDP, the former Jammu and Kashmir minister said in his letter that it was not worth continuing when the basic and founding principles of the party had been compromised. The letter was addressed to party president Mehbooba Mufti.

He said that his decision to resign from the post of district president of militancy-hit Pulwama as well as basic membership of the PDP was taken after thorough deliberations with his workers.

Bandh, a three-time MLA, and two-time cabinet minister said the party has “upended after the demise of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed” and the old, elected and experienced were “not only neglected but humiliated to the core”. When such experienced and wise minds are leaving the party, it must be a sign of concern for the party.

Also, the poor performance of PDP in the recently held Lok Sabha elections is a testimony to the fact that PDP has lost its ground and needs serious reformation.