Sonawari: With just two days to go for the first phase of polling, the election fever in J&K is heating up with full swing campaigning, Mehbooba Mufti, the engine behind the People’s Democratic Party has moved across Sonawari and is greeted by the residents are showing faith towards her raised pitch for development, education and employment.
Being the star campaigner for her party she is shouldering the entire responsibility of making her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed- the next chief minister for the second time. Her charisma is pulling crowds and is allegedly helping PDP gather votes in their favour. With Mufti Mohammed as the PDP strategist the party, especially Mehbooba Mufti is leaving no stone unturned to connect these remote villages in the valley.
“National Conference has done no good to us. Our roads are bad because NC did not bother to build them. We are now with PDP,” said, a PDP supporter.
Another party supporter added, “We support PDP. The reason being that we are ashamed of the MLA who represents us. He is the one who abused his fellow colleagues in the Assembly. we are ridiculed for that and people laugh at us. We want to change him.”
The party is hoping to recreate the wave that allowed it to sweep the Parliamentary polls in Kashmir. Mehbooba said, “There is a great support for PDP. Even veteran leaders of National Conference are defecting and supporting us. In Jammu, too, people want PDP to rule and Mufti sahib to lead the government. Overall it is PDP,” she added targeting the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government for misgovernance and lack of development.
In the Parliamentary polls where PDP won all three seats from the valley, the PDP took 41 of the 46 assembly segments and Mehbooba won the Anantnag constituency by a huge margin. Mehbooba is assured that the PDP will be the single largest party and will be able to reach the magical number of 44 but does not divulge who her party goes to. Whether BJP or Congress, she keeps her cards close yet. With her astute charisma and party’s insightful zeal, PDP might rise above the rest of the parties this time.