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As J&K burns, dissent brews in the PDP

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Srinagar, Sept 9: There is trouble within the PDP today and several leaders have expressed displeasure over how the entire Kashmir issue has been handled. The statements by senior PDP leader, Muzzafar Hussain Baig clearly show that a section of the party is unhappy with Mehbooba Mufti.

Baig, a Lok Sabha MP from Baramulla said that the BJP-PDP coalition has failed to deliver. Regarding chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti he says that she does not have experience in governance and she is trying to get used to the process.

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Dissent brewing in the PDP?

While also stating that his heart goes out to her, he also said that the lack of seniors in the party is what is hurting governance in J&K.

He says that the government should resign if it is unable to keep the promises made to the people.

Has the J&K government failed:

Political observers say that if the dissent continues to brew in the PDP, then it could be heading for a split. The Kashmir situation today has demoralised several leaders of the party. BJP sources say that not many are happy with the manner in which the CM has handled the situation.

Political observers also point out that on the Kashmir issue, both the BJP and the PDP think differently. The centre does not consider the Hurriyat to be a stake holder, but the PDP differs.

Others also feel that the separatists spun out of control following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and it was the local party (PDP) which ought to have kept the separatists in control by engaging with them.

Baig, however, says that the CM was not kept in the loop about the killing of Wani. Had she known about such an operation she would have prevented it. She would have ordered his arrest instead, Baig also points out while seeking a commission of inquiry to probe the death of Wani.

BJP sources say that they would not read too much into Baig's statement. The government in J&K is stable, but yes there is a lot of work that needs to be done.

Both need to work together to set right the problem. The centre is extremely concerned about the situation and the PDP should work alongside to find a solution, the source also adds.

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