Srinagar: Former PWD minister Syed Altaf Bukhari dismissed his party colleague Tariq Karra’s statement accusing him of attempting to divide the party to force Mehbooba Mufti into forming the government without waiting for CBMs from New Delhi.
“One a year has passed since the government was formed last year. I didn’t want people to undergo further hardships. If anyone says I was leading the pressure group I would say in return that my basic objective was to make Mehbooba Mufti state’s chief minister,” Bukhari told local news agency KNS.
He said that he is much happy to see Mehbooba becoming Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister.
“This was the wish of our beloved leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. I always wanted that dream to be fulfilled. Everyone wanted Mehbooba ji to assume state’s top post and that is why we choose her as Legislative Party leader and not anyone else,” he added.
He said Bukhari said MP and senior PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra has been changing stand “like a chameleon”.
“He is a chameleon. He has been changing colours since the day BJP-PDP coalition was formed last year in the state. I have nothing personal against him. I respect him as a senior but the way he has been changing colours is utterly disgraceful.”
“It is the prerogative of the chief minister to choose the cabinet. I respect the decision of Mehbooba Mufti and have no grudges at all. My being the minister or not would not affect my association with the PDP. I would continue to strive for strengthening it,” Bukhari said.
He said he will continue to work for the overall development of Srinagar and will not allow anyone to ignore the capital at any cost.
“We will act as the pressure group for Srinagar’s growth and development. We will not vanish but will keep fighting for Srinagar. I can assure you this with with certainty.”