In 2008 Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party(JKNPP) had won three Assembly seats of Ramnagar, Udhampur and Samba.
Led by legislature party leader Harsh Dev Singh the young turks of the party were very vocal both inside and outside the state assembly and tried their level best to shore up their image in the eyes of electorate.
In the run up to the 2014 Assembly polls as the political parties are gearing up to fight the most crucial poll battle the Panthers Party is facing biggest ever challenge of identity crisis as the party is on brink of getting fragmented.
The two senior leaders of the party Prof Bhim Singh and Harsh Dev Singh are at loggerheads with each other over the issue of forging any pre-poll or post poll alliance with BJP.
Though the party top brass is yet to take a final call on the contentious issue of forging any alliance with the BJP but feelers have been sent across to the BJP by one section of Panthers party leaders exploring the possibility of either joining the party or getting in to a tacit understanding on some Assembly seats.
In the coming days if the senior party leaders failed to resolve their differences the party may disintegrate as difference of opinion is likely to persist. Poor performance of Panthers party on half a dozen seat would mean brighter chances of BJP candidate winning the mandate of the people.
The most crucial factor which can not be ignored is popularity chart of three sitting Panthers Party MLA’s is fast declining and it is for this reason these leaders are keen on joining BJP alliance to save their own skin.