24 November, 2020

Shah Faesal, Kashmir And The Valley's Politics

In Shah Faesal, the NC sees a bees-saal-baad reflection

IAS To Politics
Shah Faesal at the launch of his party in Srinagar
Photograph by PTI
Shah Faesal, Kashmir And The Valley's Politics

It was exactly two decades ago that Mufti Mohammed Sayeed formed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an alternative to the National Conference (NC) and the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir. That was 1999—and the NC pulled no punches to accuse Sayeed of doing Delhi’s bidding to muddle the political space of the restive state. Cut to 2019 and a flashback besieges the NC, unsettling it before this summer’s parliamentary and assembly elections. The déjà vu moment: the lau­nch of IAS topper Shah Faesal’s party, the J&K Peoples Movement, in Sri­nagar last weekend.

To put the new entrant into perspective, Tanveer Sadiq, the political advisor to NC vice president Omar Abdullah, said “exactly 20 years ago a party was founded to counter the National Con­ference after it tabled the autonomy report in the assembly and another att­empt on the same pattern is being made today”. The NC leadership always alleges that the PDP is a...



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