SRINAGAR — Even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faces a crisis of sorts, the party is learnt to be grooming younger faces to create an alternative leadership and fill the vacuum created by the recent exodus of top members.
Quoting unnamed sources, GNS reported that PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is revamping the party’s organisational structure by bringing “wholesome change”. The party is set to put up new faces in many constituencies. By bringing political debutants, the sources said, the party wants to tap “democratic space which is still intact.”
Sources said the party has felt that there was a lack or inadequacy in the particular space.
“Political veterans keep calling for millennials to join their political parties in public events but very few young names are registered. Even if the young guns do join politics, the chances of them representing their party in Assembly or Parliament are low due to the presence of “more experienced” candidates waiting in line for the ticket, and those who do are either carrying some kind of legacy or coming from an influential background,” the sources said.
“Nonetheless, it is their potential and attitude that makes a difference to public approach towards them.”
“In the last several years, the world over many dynamic youngsters have become the “voice of the nation” by addressing sensitive issues,” the sources said.
Pertinently, out of the 28 MLAs elected on PDP tickets in the last Assembly elections in the erstwhile State of J&K, 18 have left the party in the last two and a half years after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition.
In the 2014 elections, PDP emerged as the single largest party by winning 28 seats, but 18 of them have either deserted the party or were expelled from it since.
Now the party is going to take credit to put more new young faces for future politics including a few from political family background, the sources said.
The new faces are expected from many constituencies including Kulgam, Shopian, Barmulla, Sangrama, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Rafiabad and Uri etc, they added.
A PDP leader who wished not to be named said that “these new faces in PDP can bring change and strengthen the party and have potential to become leaders to end dynastic politics of Kashmir,” adding that since 1947, [only the] “high-profile” families brought their children into politics. (GNS)