Another PDP MLA revolts, indicates realignment of forces

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 5: Another PDP MLA, Javed Beig today raised banner of revolt against the party leadership saying the PDP has failed the people of Jammu and Kashmir and that like-minded people should unite for re-alignment of forces.
Beig, the PDP MLA from Baramulla and nephew of veteran party leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig, said all four MLAs, who have revolted against the party’s policies, were together and indicated that the party would struggle for existence now.
Speaking to the Excelsior, Beig dropped enough hints about “realignment of political forces’’ saying the “like minded people’’ could unite for welfare of the State and its people.
“We are not afraid of even elections. We are ready for elections. At the same time, if realignment of political forces take place, anything can happen,’’ Beig said, adding time will make the picture clear.
He added that for the last two years, they have been taking up the issue with the party leadership that the things were not right in the party and that the policies, which the PDP have adopted were neither in the interest of country and State and nor in the interest of the party. However, he lamented, the party leadership paid no heed to them.
Asked whether the PDP would split, the MLA Baramulla said the PDP has lost its existence due to its “wrong policies’’.
To a question as to whether they have number to split the party, Beig said it is not the number that matters but the quality.
On whether, he has the blessings of his uncle and veteran PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig, who is Lok Sabha member from Baramulla constituency, Javed Beig quipped: “this question should be put to Muzaffar Beig as to whether he is comfortable in the PDP or not’’.
Three PDP MLAs including former Minister Imran Raza Ansari, MLA Pattan, Abid Ansari, MLA Zadibal and Mohammad Abbas, MLA Tangmarg have already revolted against the PDP leadership. With Javed Beig’s revolt, the number of rebel MLAs has reached four amidst reports that more PDP MLAs could come forward against the party.
Sources in the BJP confirmed that some of the MLAs were in tough with the party high command and didn’t rule out more MLAs of the PDP revolting against the party leadership.
The BJP high command has become active and party sources admitted that some of the MLAs were in touch with them.
Sources in the BJP said that some of the leaders of “other parties’’ have met the BJP’s high command in New Delhi as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP is opposed to dissolution of the Assembly and fresh elections in the State on the ground that more than two and half year term of the present Assembly was still left and efforts should be explored to form new Government in the State.
However, according to sources, the BJP wants annual Amarnath yatra to pass off peacefully and violence level come down in the Valley under Governor’s rule before formation of new Government in the State.