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Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the purpose of grand alliance (PAGD) was not for petty electoral gains and that it exists for a much larger cause and purpose—“to restore the JK’s special status.” https://twitter.com/MehboobaMufti/status/1348644875055501313?s=20 “Amidst all the unnecessary speculation about PAGD, I’d like make a few things absolutely clear. The purpose of this grand alliance is not for petty electoral gains. It exists for a much larger cause…

The anti-BJP narrative served PAGD just right; in fact, it is the only thing that makes the regional parties “relevant” in the current times. The last time I visited the valley’s unsettled unionist camp was back in June 2019. My editor wanted me to report on the ‘alienated’ local outfits – the feeling of ‘betrayal’ had left New Delhi’s ‘old-loyalists’ in Kashmir, hurt and embarrassed. One such unionist I had met was a close aide…