Duo likely to join cabinet soon
Srinagar: The two disgruntled ministers of Peoples Democratic Party, Basharat Bukhari and Imran Anasri, have ironed out their differences with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and are likely to resume their offices soon, it was learnt.
Party sources said both ministers, who resigned from the Mehbooba-led government as they were unhappy over new portfolios, have now settled for the change.
“So far the there are no indications from the chief minister that she will change their portfolios. Imran would continue to be minister of sports while Basharat would join the new ministry of horticulture,” a party leader said.
“They had grudges regarding the allocation of ministries. The CM has persuaded them to resume as their displeasure might give out a signal that the party is in crisis ahead of parliamentary polls.”
Sources said Mehbooba has not sent Bukhari’s resignation letter to the governor while the resignation letter of Ansari did not reach the secretariat.
“Technically, Ansari has not resigned,” they said.
Sources said that Ansari met chief minister on Saturday night while as Bukhari met her on Sunday morning.
Despite repeated attempts, Ansari could not be reached as he was reported to be out of station.
Earlier Ansari had told Kashmir Reader that from day one he had been asking Mehbooba Mufti to change his portfolio, but nothing happened.
“I don’t want to be part of the government where I sit and deliver nothing. The ministry was consuming my time without any output… if they change my portfolio, I will think over it,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Bukhari said that he met the Chief Minister at her Gupkar residence.
“We had discussion on all related issues may it be personal, political or administrative,” Bukhari told Kashmir reader without elaborating.
Asked whether chief minister had accepted his resignation, he said, “I have no idea,” adding, “The reasons as to why I sent the resignation could be found in a letter to chief minister.”
Bukhari had a two-hour-long meeting with the chief minister, first time after he sent his resignation following a cabinet reshuffle on February 17. He was stripped of his significant ministries including revenue, disaster management, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction and parliamentary affairs ministries.
On Saturday evening the top PDP leaders including Sartaj Madni, Haq Khan, Rafi Mir met Bukhari at his residence and persuaded him to withdraw his resignation and rejoin the cabinet.