PDP rebels declare: We are neither militants nor separatists

PDP rebels declare: We are neither militants nor separatists
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Imran Ansari calls Mehbooba ‘incompetent’

Srinagar: The PDP’s rebel legislators on Friday came together publicly to hit out at party chief Mehbooba Mufti for attempting to “blackmail” New Delhi.
Mehbooba today warned “New Delhi” that if a split is caused in her party, it would give birth to militant commanders such as Syed Salahudin and Yasin Malik.
Influential Shia leader Imran Ansari along with Javid Hussain Baig, Yasir Reshi, Abdul Majid Padroo and Saifuddin Bhat addressed a hurriedly called presser in Srinagar to declare that they were “not militants or separatists”.
“Mehbooba is being absurd in saying that if there is a split in the PDP then people may pick up guns. She is blackmailing the centre by her statement. We are neither separatists nor militants,” said Ansari.
According to him, the revolt in the PDP has made Mehbooba “insecure”.
“People have been picking up guns in her tenure. Abdullahs and Muftis are giving such statements because of being out of power,” Ansari told reporters.
After the fall of the PDP-BJP government, the PDP has been facing a revolt from its legislators who have openly denounced Mehbooba for “nepotism”. A day ago, PDP cracked the whip on dissenter Yasir Reshi by removing him from post of district president Bandipora. No action has so far been taken against five more rebel legislators. Saifuddin Bhat today became the seventh PDP legislator to join the dissenting camp.
The dissenting legislators said they were still part of the PDP. “We are part of the PDP till a show-cause notice and other official action is taken against us. Nobody can label us as agents of New Delhi. Are Mehbooba and Omar the only ones speaking truth in Kashmir?” questioned Ansari.
Replying to a query, Ansari said that the rebel legislators they are with the PDP but want to get rid of “family rule”.
“We made her (Mehbooba) president but she is not competent. We are against her and have no faith in her leadership,” he said.
MLA Baramulla Javid Hussain Baig said that the legislators would take all steps to get the party back on track. He also spoke in favour of sacked finance minister Haseeb Drabu, saying Drabu was not given any opportunity to clarify his statement because of which he was removed from the cabinet.
“If any leader resorts to anti-party activities, an explanation has to be first sought from him before the party affairs committee takes a decision,” he said.