The Septa: Owaisi and Patel introduce PDM to counter PDA: Alliance decoded in 7 points

Asaduddin Owaisi and Pallavi Patel have intensified the challenges within India's alliances. Together, they have introduced PDM as an alternative to PDA.

Mayank Kasyap
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The Septa: Asaduddin Owaisi and Pallavi Patel have presented PDM (comprising Backward, Dalit, and Muslim communities) in opposition to Samajwadi Party's PDA (comprising Backward, Dalit, and Minority communities). By jointly announcing PDM, Patel and AIMIM President Owaisi have stirred UP's political landscape.

During a press conference, Patel expressed disappointment with the government's treatment of the backward, Dalit, and Muslim communities, noting the silence of opposition parties. In response, they have initiated the PDM Nyay Morcha, a social movement capable of influencing and challenging governments. Here is an analysisof this new alliance is going to workout for Owaisi and Patel.

1) Pallavi Patel's critique

Pallavi Patel criticised the Samajwadi Party's PDA for its inconsistency, highlighting the perpetual shift between minority and dominant statuses.To address this ambiguity, she proposed the creation of M, representing Muslim interests.

2. Pallavi Patel's alliance shift

Despite contesting and winning assembly elections with the Samajwadi Party, Pallavi Patel's departure during the Lok Sabha elections raises questions.Akhilesh Yadav clarified that their alliance was confined to the Assembly, not the Lok Sabha elections.

3. Asaduddin Owaisi's concerns

Asaduddin Owaisi expressed dissatisfaction with SP's performance despite receiving substantial Muslim votes.He criticised BJP for neglecting Muslim interests, solely focusing on their marginalisation.

4. Timing of PDM announcement

The delayed announcement of PDM suggests a lack of interest from the Third Front in the initial election phases.With the nomination filing deadline passed for the first phase, attention turns to subsequent phases.

5. Third front's potential strategy

Speculations arise regarding the Third Front's intention to field candidates after the initial phases.

6. Political maneuvering

Analysts view Asaduddin's meeting with Mukhtar Ansari's family as a strategic move to secure Muslim support.Dharmendra Yadav criticised Owaisi's meeting as a ploy to sway Muslim voters.

7. Clash of the fronts

The emergence of PDM poses a challenge to the INDIA alliance, sharing similar voter bases.While there might be slight differences between PDA and PDM, their objectives align closely.AIMIM's past electoral performance in UP raises questions about the Third Front's prospects in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.