Kokarnag: Hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers took to streets in Kokernag area of South Kashmir on Wednesday to protest against denial of ministerial berth to local MLA Abdul Rahim Rather.
Iqbal Ahmad Mir, a local youth PDP worker said that the aim behind today’s protest was to remind Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of her late father’s promise made to the people of Kokernag.
Invoking late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Iqbal claimed that the former Chief Minister had promised in front of 35000 people that Abdul Rahim Rather would be made a minister if people elected him. “Rather sahib (MLA Kokernag) has done tremendous work in strengthening the PDP party in the area,” Iqbal said.
Rather won 2014 assembly election by a margin of over 4700 votes defeating his arch rival and former minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed of Congress. Peerzada remained three times MLA from Kokernag and remained a cabinet minister many times.
The protestors, terming Rather a giant killer, said that he had support of more than 16000 people because of his clean image. They said that Rather had worked tirelessly to strengthen PDP and defeat a political stalwart like Peerzada Sayeed. “Instead of rewarding him for his work, he has been sidelined,” his supporters said.
Protesting PDP workers urged the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to honour the words of her late father by inducting Rather in the council of ministers.