Blow to Mehbooba: Another PDP politician Haseeb Drabu quits party

Blow to Mehbooba: Another PDP politician Haseeb Drabu quits party
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Srinagar: In a setback to the PDP, former PDP finance minister Haseeb Drabu on Thursday announced he was resigning from the party.

It was not known yet whether his resignation has been accepted the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.

In a letter addressed to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Drabu said though he was  not a “dissident”, he is  resigning from the party on whose ticket he secured berth from Pulwama’s Rajpora constituency in 2014 legislative assembly elections.

“This has been coming for now. Even though I have not been a dissident-you are aware I had resigned from the cabinet, assembly and party nearly two years ago which you did not accept. I have disengaged myself from party affairs for quite sometime now,” said the former J&K Bank chairman.

“I did not precipitate the matter because I believe it is ethically and morally wrong to leave the party under whose aegis one has contested and won the seat in the legislative assembly,” Drabu said, “Now that is over, I have hereby resigning from J&K PDP.”

Ever since BJP surprisingly walked out of alliance with the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP in June, PDP is into crisis situation as one after another leader has quit the party. Last month PDP co-founder and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig had given broad hints of joining with Sajad Lone-led Peoples Conference.

In his resignation letter, Drabu praised late former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on whose behest he held negotiations with BJP’s Kashmir minder Ram Madhav to cobble together alliance with the saffron party. While he was a crucial player in late Mufti’s team, however,  his role diminished after Mehbooba Mufti assumed the charge as Chief Minister in 2016. He was finally sacked by Mehbooba from her cabinet early this year for his controversial remarks that Kashmir was not a political issue.

“As I do so, I do want to remember Mufti sahib who sought me out and got me into politics. Working with him made me realize that politics is not the “last refuge of scoundrels”!

“Occasionally, people with intellectual integrity, personal honesty and moral courage can also be found here. I was exceptionally lucky to have worked with him. I just hope that when history judges Mufti sahib and his decision to ally with the BJP, it does so in the context and with the complexity that it deserves,” Drabu said wishing the PDP contributes to the resolution of the long impending political issue.