Srinagar: Hours after the cabinet reshuffle, two PDP ministers resigned from the government on Friday. Senior ministers Basharat Bukhari and Imran Ansari resigned soon after MLA Amira Kadal Altaf Bukhari was inducted to the cabinet.
Bukhari was divested of his revenue, relief and rehabilitation portfolio and was assigned horticulture, which many claim miffed him. “I have resigned from the council of ministers today. I have forwarded the letter of resignation to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tonight,” Bukhari told PTI.
Altaf Bukhari replaces Naeem Akhtar as minister of education
Naeem Akhtar is new minister of public works, including R&B department
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti keeps cultural ministry with her
Haseeb Drabu still in charge of finance, labour and employment
Abdul Rehman Veeri given charge of revenue, disaster management, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, and parliamentary affairs
Basharat Bukhari made minister of horticulture
In the cabinet reshuffle, the relief, rehabilitation and revenue portfolio was assigned to Abdul Rehman Veeri.
It was learnt that Ansari wanted a change in portfolio and was eagerly waiting for today’s reshuffle. “He submitted the resignation today afternoon,” a close aide of Ansari told Kashmir Reader.
Several attempts to contact government spokesperson Nayeem Akhar did not meet with success.