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Our leaders faced pressure to abandon the party, says PDP leader Parra

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PDP leader Parra says there was pressure on our leaders to desert the party

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) youth president and Lok Sabha candidate from Srinagar-Budgam constituency, Waheed Ur Rehman Parra, is engaging in a door-to-door poll campaign ahead of the upcoming elections. Hailing from Naira, a picturesque village located south of Srinagar, Parra’s political journey has been marked by challenges, including a 19-month stint in jail following his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Despite these obstacles, he emerged victorious in the 2020 District Development Council election, albeit not being allowed to take the oath. In 2023, he was awarded the Yale Peace Fellowship but was barred from traveling to the US to pursue the program.

Now, as the PDP candidate for the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha seat, Parra is vying to unseat the incumbent National Conference president Farooq Abdullah. In an interview with businessline, Parra expressed confidence in his party’s ability to secure victory in the upcoming elections.

When asked about the difference between the current election scenario and previous ones, Parra highlighted the pent-up demand for a democratic process in the region. He noted a shift in people’s inclination towards participating in the electoral process, signaling a desire to connect with mainstream political parties and have a voice in governance issues.

Despite facing challenges from rival parties, Parra emphasized that the PDP remains steadfast in representing the voices of Kashmiri people and is determined to secure victory in the upcoming elections.

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