Haseeb Drabu's Sacking A Setback To Alliance: BJP

Ebony Scott
March 15, 2018

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took a tough action over Drabus remarks that Kashmir "isnt a political issue", and sacked him from the council of ministers. PDP top brass's reaction to Drabu's derogatory and disgraceful statement has fallen quite short of assuaging the hurt feelings of Kashmiris! The comment had earned him the ire of PDP, opposition, separatists as well trade bodies from J&K. The chief minister is arriving from New Delhi late Monday morning.

Drabu will be the first senior leader to be removed from the cabinet.

Drabu was dropped from the state cabinet for his remarks that the Kashmir problem should be seen as a social issue and not as a political one.

He said the party is awaiting a response from the governor now.

Mufti-led PDP has an alliance government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is ruling at the Centre with prime minister Narendra Modi at the helm.

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After Mufti Sayeed passed away, there were reports of cracks within the party. However, given her close proximity with BJP leaders, some of the PDP leaders were not happy with him.

"Mehbooba and Drabu had been at loggerheads on different issues", the source added.

Drabu was the main architect of the PDP-BJP alliance in the state after the 2014 Assembly elections.

"It's shocking and shameful U-turn by the party (PDP) which, for years sought support and votes primarily to help in the resolution of a political issue...it is a total sell-out by the party", said NC's general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar. Agenda of the Alliance (AoA) is a political document and if he says there is no political issue he hits at the basic idea of the party.

"But he violated the basic tenants of the party...we can not confirm who the next finance minister would be at the moment as we await the response from the governor", the minister added. "Therefore you are advised to explain as to why a statement detrimental to party interests was made", read a notice issued by chairman of PDP's disciplinary committee A.R. Veeri to Drabu. Drabu has deliberately made the statement to prove his credentials to quarters that matter to him.

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