ammu anad Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC} pulls out of alliance with PAGD on Tuesday.
JKPC Chairman, Sajad Lone has informed Farooq Abdullah that after holding a meeting of the highest decision making body of the party it was decided to pull out of the alliance.
In a letter addressed to Abdullah, Sajad wrote; “I am writing to you in reference to the recently held DDC elections and a spate of statements issued by leaders belonging to our party. The recurring theme of the statements was the fielding of proxy candidates by constituent parties against the officially mandated candidates of the PAGD.”
“We convened a meeting of our leaders yesterday and deliberated on the issue in detail. The predominant feeling in the meeting was that the PAGD sentiment at top was not emulated on the ground. It was felt that
the results of a sincere alliance should have meant that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Instead, “the whole was not greater than the sum of parts, sadly not even equalto the sum of parts, but much lesser and equal to just one part of the many parts.” If you remove the inverted commas, the sad reality that emerges is that in majority of the places the party fielding the candidate on behalf of PAGD was left to
fend for itself and secured the votes that his party managed. In most places other parties were silent bystanders or worst compounded the problem by fielding proxy candidates. DDC elections per se may not matter institutionally. But these elections were distinctive by virtue of the timing. Firstly, the context of these DDC
elections was politically very important. It was the first election post August 5. And secondly it was a combined show of strength of a majority of the J & K political mainstream. It was less of an election more of an
opportunity to send a strong unanimous political message.” he said.
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On the face of it, PAGD won these elections unambiguously having won the maximum number of seats. We can’t hide statistics and apart from the number of seats that PAGD won, other important statistical variable, Lone said.
“We believe that the votes polled against the PAGD are majorly the votes cast by proxies of PAGD constituent parties against official PAGD candidates. And the net outcome of selectively voting for and against
PAGD is a very poor vote share. This is certainly not the vote share that people of J and K deserved post August 5.” he said.
“It is difficult for us to stay on and pretend as if nothing has happened. There has been a breach of trust between partners which we believe is beyond remedy. The majoritarian view in our party is the we should pull
out of the alliance in an amicable manner rather than waiting for things to get messier. And I am confirming that we will no longer be a part of the PAGD alliance,” he further said.