10 days ago, Mehbooba’s closest partner in Gupkar alliance, Farooq Abdullah Sahab, usually expressed his anger over the abrogation of article 370. Two days ago Farooq Sahab shifted from his position. “We are awaiting the court decision but the hearing has not been scheduled yet. What can one do? We want to resolve the problem not by throwing stones but through the Gandhian way,” he said this at Nawa-e-Subha when addressing media. Farooq Sahab is now in the same line as Altaf Bukhari’s Apni Party and distancing himself from the separatist politics in the valley. Mehbooba Mufti was left alone with her plethora of useless ‘real Sharia gyan’ to deliver good governance for the Taliban in Afghanistan. It’s my humble request to Mehbooba Ji, don’t be angry, am just trying to offer some matter of facts, not emotion.
According to the political experts and intellectuals in the valley, there are many reasons for Mehbooba to be angry, emotional, and reckless. She knows so well that the PDP is now ‘politically dead’ after its opportunistic alliance with BJP. The most important and key leaders of her party have left for Ex-minister and influential businessman turns politician, Altaf Bukhari’s Apni Party.
At present Mehbooba has nothing to lose. She is trying to resurrect her political career with separatist cards and conspiracy theories. Gupkar alliance of valley is now an ornamented name only as the National Conference won’t give any fresh lease of life to already broken PDP. On the other hand, Mehbooba is not interested in the collective fights for J&K.
(This story was earlier published in Jammu and Kashmir's leading weekly periodical Jazzbaat24 on 26 September, 2021)