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Third front in J&K

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The recently held urban local body polls in Kashmir witnessed a comparatively low voter turnout, due to months of unease in the restive region. But the results clearly convey that winds of change have begun to blow over the Valley’s political landscape, at least in the mainstream.

Moving forward, the Abdullahs and the Muftis won’t necessarily be the only alternative to each other in ruling the state. A strong third-front has emerged in Jammu and Kashmir.

The urban local body polls witnessed a low turnout, but sent out a strong message. (Photo: PTI)

Peoples Conference (PC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone and People’s Democratic Party rebel leader Maulana Imran Reza Ansari are up in action, as a deadly-combination against the two dynasties that have ruled the state for decades.

On November 6, Junaid Azim Mattu was elected mayor of strategically-important Srinagar, as the PC’s candidate to the post. The summer capital has traditionally been dominated by the National Conference and the PDP, led by Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti respectively.

The NC and the PDP had boycotted the urban local body polls, demanding that the Centre make clear its stand on Article 35A, which grants special status to J&K.

But then, it........

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