Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Haseeb Drabu dropped by Mehbooba Mufti

Haseeb Drabu dropped by Mehbooba Mufti

Drabu, 57, was among the architects of the PDP-BJP alliance which was stitched after the 2014 J&K assembly elections.

Reminding Haseeb Drabu of his old words and commitments, JKLF chairman said that right from 1947, history of Jammu Kashmir has witnessed venal people whoused freedom movement as a launching pad for gaining access to power politics and thus sold out their conscience for petty gains. However, the party eventually made a decision to elevate Mehbooba as the CM. He (Drabu) is highly qualified. "Mr. Drabu talked to me for hours and while praising our efforts for liberation of Jammu Kashmir from illegal occupation of India delivered several ideas and concepts for it". "What does PDP want to convey", Sagar said.

Drabu's remarks had come under fire from both mainstream and separatist leaders. Madni advised all the senior leaders to be careful in their statements and observations while commenting on the basic political philosophy and core agenda of the party. "Your statement has the potential of creating a serious dent in the image and credibility of the party". He was asked to explain his position on Sunday by the party leadership which, party leaders said, was in contradiction to their own stand.

While addressing an event themed "Kashmir: the way forward", Drabu had asked people to "introspect" over the nature and origins of the situation in the state and how it can be resolved.

Malik alleged "Drabu renounced resistance movement for his petty selfish gain and switched over to other side of the divide and joined Indian political system".

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Drabu tried to defend himself by blaming the media for quoting him selectively.

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

"Will be interesting to see who replaces him in the Finance Ministry", the National Conference working president added.

With Drabu out of the finance ministry, the race for the coveted portfolio began with the chief minister's trusted aide and Works Minister Naeem Akhtar and Education Minister Altaf Bukhari being seen as front-runners.

However, sources said Mehbooba and those close to her didn't trust him and suspected him of being close to the BJP and RSS.

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