NC, PDP, Cong resume activities after 7 months hiatus
Srinagar, Feb 28: Seven months after the abrogation of Article 370, political parties have restarted their activities to raise the morale of their workers in Kashmir. Post August 5, most of the political leaders had withdrawn into a shell that had hit the morale of the workers. The arrest of top leadership including three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti, had added the last nail in their coffin. Come 2020, the second and third rung leadership of National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress has resumed activities to raise the morale of their cadres. “We have held at least 10 functions since December last year. Our party held workers meeting in Sonwar and Hazratbal. Workers expressed their concern about the detention of Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah Sahab,” said Imran Nabi Dar, NC spokesperson. Dar noted that normal political activities have not resumed fully due to the detention of top leaders. “Though people come from faraway places, the main political activity continues to remain stalled. Presently, we have a one-point agenda to work for the release of leadership. They are empowered to take a final call on different issues,” he said. Similarly, PDP secretary Abdul Hameed Koshin has donned the mantle to revive the party at the grassroots level. “We are working hard to revive our party. Workers in different areas are doing their best to resume activities,” he said. Koshin said that most of the leaders, who have been freed, are not being allowed to participate in the party’s meeting. “Many of our leaders are detained at their homes,” he said. Congress party has also has begun its political activities at the district level. “So far many meetings have been held in various districts of Kashmir. Our party has already started political activities in Jammu,” said a senior Congress leader.