KD NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Mar 15: Estranged Peoples’ Democratic Party leader Shabir Ahmad Mir’s re-entry into the party seems to have not gone down well in his home constituency Tangmarag where people feel betrayed by the businessman’s repeated switch over of loyalties.
Many political activists in Tangmarag area regretted for having pledged support to what they termed, “political turncoat” of recent times who according to them is out only for his own political interests instead of serving the masses.
Pertinently Mr. Mir rejoined PDP today after having left it in 2014 following PDP leadership’s decision to prefer Abbas Wani over him for the candidature for Gulmarag assembly segment.
The re-entry of Mir and his subsequent nomination for assembly mandate is immensely significant as it would be possibly end of the road for trade union leader turned Politician Abdul Qayoom Wani in case he does not win the parliament elections.
Wani a prominent trade Union leader has recently joined PDP after seeking voluntary retirement and is contesting parliament elections on PDP ticket from North Kashmir Constituency. His entry into PDP was being viewed as a big boost for the party in the Tangmarag area. But announcing assembly mandate for Shabir Ahmad Mir by PDP president today has put Wani on a very thin line and he would be under immense pressure to perform . Local political analysts say that Mir’s nomination could be a hint for Wani to prove his strength and this can trigger a silent internal war in the local unit of Tangmarag. Further Wani would have to walk on a very tight rope and Mir’s Ghar Wapsi has left him with minimal chances of error. Wani according to locals has now no option other than to win and if he fails to win a seat for PDP in parliament, it could eventually throw him to oblivion.
Once considered as the right hand of former Minster and DPN Chief Ghulam Hassan Mir, the businessman turned politician Shabir Ahmad Mir has changed many camps ever since he broke ties with the DPN. After joining PDP he strived for mandate but was denied by Mehbooba Mufti. Heartbroken by the denial, Shabir Mir left the party and decided to stand independently against not only G.H Mir but also to his newly found friend Abbas Wani whom PDP had chosen over him for the assembly elections. But fortune seemed to be swinging other way as the junior Mir lost the political battle. As the people close to him say, that tunnel looked dark even from the other side too, Shabir Mir went desperate to find a political roof not only to settle himself but also give a hope to thousands of those who had voted for him with a hope to overthrow the two time MLA and minster G.H Mir. And the only party that could have given the refuge to a beleaguered fresh politician who had severed ties with two parties in just one year of his entering into politics was the National Conference.
Mir Joined National Conference after some months and started working for the revival of the party which had received a drubbing in the last elections.
“The desperation in the camp was so evident and intense that we feared to lose all supporters and National Conference was the only choice we could have thought of for an immediate bailout.”
Mir soon after joining NC vowed to revive the party which had been defeated by its arch rival PDP in the recently held elections. But as the NC cadres say, the revival was never visible on the ground as the leader went into hiding soon after joining the party only to resurface in election time.
Many in the constituency say that the junior Mir had managed to breakaway a major chunk of DPN voters in 2014, but eventually left them in despair due to his “inconsistency and lack of political vision.” They say, Mir’s mercurial stance has made him a less significant and unreliable entity in the political circles whom major parties like NC and even PDP do not want to fully rely upon.
Now when the PDP President has again reposed faith in him , it would be interesting to watch how PDP makes a balancing act between Abdul Qayoom Wani and Mir as both are from the same constituency, and what would the party do with Wani in case he loses in the parliament elections.
It would be also interesting to watch whether Mir would be consistent this time and can he be able to win back the trust of PDP voters who already stand divided in three camps including former MLA Abbas Wani, Parliament candidate Abdul Qayoom Wani and now Shabir Mir. (RNA)