The vocal rebels
Mainstream politics is touching an all time low in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The two political parties BJP and PDP have once again shown their lust for power and the extent both these parties ‘with a difference’ can go for seeking it and being at the helm of affairs.
PDP as of now is stared in the face with an imminent split in the party as its legislators Abdul Majid Padder (MLA Noorabad) and Yasir Reshi (MLC), Saifuddin Bhat (MLC), Aabid Ansari (MLA), Imran Ansari (MLA), Javaid Beig (MLA) and Abbas Wani (MLA) have openly rebelled against the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti.
The legislators have not only leveled serious allegations of favoritism and promotion of ‘family raj’ by Mufti, but have also criticized her for submitting to their coalition partner BJP and for failing to handle the situation in the state post 2016.
The rebel PDP leaders have raised their voice against the party and its leadership is a welcome, as the definition of democracy is not confined to blind loyalty and slavery to the leadership of the party.
But there are serious and meaningful questions which these rebel leaders have to answer. The rebellion in the party is not subject to the arguments that these leaders are raising. The Ansari’s (Imran and Aabid included) have been raising their voice against the party leadership in the past as well but the tone was limited to securing a bigger ministry for the younger Ansari in the government.
Imran Ansari had a grudge that the vast population he represents entitles him for a plum ministry and his being a minister for IT and some other smaller ministries like sports does not fit his political bio-data.
Similarly, leader like Abdul Majeed Padder has been claiming that he is a four time MLA and thus he too deserved to be part of the ministry, but was denied the chance. Same being the case with Reshi, Bhat and Beigh.
The leaders by their remarks are proving to be political jokers in the irrelevant arena of mainstream politics in the state as of now. The raising of their voice at this juncture makes no sense at all.
Their voices would have mattered had they shown courage to confront the leadership during the hay days of power. At that time these rebels were surpassing all the limits of sycophancy and acting dual faced. And now when the party ‘with a difference’ is faced with a crisis these leaders have parted ways as they feel that more lucrative assignments might come their way.
Whether New Delhi is involved in engineering a split in the PDP or not is not the question, the question is that the crisis the state is faced with is none of the concerns of these leaders.
The people of the state, especially Kashmir Valley are witnessing killings of teenagers, torture, restrictions and all sorts of curbs, but these leaders do not feel it ardent to take a stand on such issues.
For them a two member party and its leader representing a pocket in north Kashmir is emerging as a savior, who will ensure that they get a share of the booty that this new group might pick up if they create another power equation in the state.