PDP has hard­ened its stand on Art 370

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

The meet­ing of NC mem­bers with party lead­ers was al­lowed by the Satya Pal Ma­lik ad­min­is­tra­tion as a step to­wards restor­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in the state. Lok Sabha MP Has­nain Ma­soodi told me­di­a­per­sons on Sun­day af­ter the meet­ings with Omar Ab­dul­lah at

Hari Ni­was and Fa­rooq at Gup­kar Road that both fa­ther and son were “in good spir­its”.

Apo­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst said on con­di­tion of anonymity that the state­ments by NC lead­ers, cou­pled with the pic­tures of a beam­ing Fa­rooq with a vic­tory sign, flanked by wife Molly and MPs Mo­ham­mad Ak­bar Lone and Ma­soodi, were a sure sign of soft­en­ing of NC’s stand to­wards the Cen­tre.

How­ever, while the NC fo­cus seems to have shifted, at least for the time be­ing, to bring­ing back nor­malcy in the Val­ley, PDP has taken a hard line against the nul­li­fi­ca­tion of Ar­ti­cles 370 and 35A. Sources in PDP said this was the rea­son why the sched­uled meet­ing of a party del­e­ga­tion with de­tained supremo Me­hbooba Mufti was can­celled on Mon­day.

PDP had an­nounced on Sun­day that a del­e­ga­tion led by party gen­eral sec­re­tary Ved Ma­ha­jan would meet Me­hbooba on Mon­day. How­ever, the party an­nounced late Sun­day night that the meet­ing was can­celled. On Mon­day, PDP mem­ber Fir­dous Tak said the meet­ing was can­celled due to dif­fer­ences within the party. It was de­cided not to meet Me­hbooba “till there is con­sen­sus”, he added.

Tak’s clar­i­fi­ca­tion came even as party gen­eral sec­re­tary Surinder Choudhry em­pha­sised that PDP was not “NC’s B-team to fol­low in its foot­steps”. Choudhry ques­tioned the ear­lier de­ci­sion to meet Me­hbooba, say­ing, “I don’t know who (in PDP) took that de­ci­sion.”

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