Srinagar: On Friday, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) district president of Baramulla, Irshad Rasool Kar, joined the National Conference in presence of party president Farooq Abdullah. Kar, who joined the PDP in 2015 quit the Mehbooba Mufti-led party on February 7 without citing any reason. Farooq welcomed Kar to the party, saying the latter would work dedicatedly for the welfare of the people just like his father late Ghulam Rasool Kar, a veteran Congress leader.
While Kar had unsuccessfully contested the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections in 2014 as an independent candidate from the Sopore constituency in Baramulla district, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders were also present at the occasion.
However the dissent in PDP reportedly grew after the fall of PDP-BJP government in June last year as the party has seen the resignation of at least five ministers and two former MLAs so far. Drabu, who was the key player in forging an alliance between PDP and BJP, had said that PDP’s vision changed after the demise of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Mehbooba’s father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Like Drabu, reports suggest that there are many more leaders who are miffed with the functioning of the party.