PDP expels Altaf Bukhari for trying to engineer split in party

PDP expels Altaf Bukhari for trying to engineer split in party
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Srinagar: Buisnessman turned politician Altaf Bukhari was expelled from PDP for running anti-party activities, the party handout said on Saturday.

In a statement, PDP said the party was watching with “concern” the activities  Bukhari for quite some time.
“Ever since the passing away of our founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, he (Altaf) has been perusing his personal political ambition at the cost of the party and state interest,” it said.
“Bukhari inspired and led dissent in the party at its most crucial stage which resulted in serious damage to our efforts at implementing the agenda of Alliance of our coalition government. While the party leadership was engaged in negotiations with its partner and the GOI insisting on implementing some agreed points before forming the new government, the dissension weakened its bargaining position forcing subsequent events against its will,” it said. The reference was to Bukhari’s moves to engineer split in PDP and form government with the BJP months after the former chief minister passed away in 2016.

“In spite of this obvious backstabbing and subversion of people’s interest the party leadership believed in subsequent explanations and assurances of Bukhari and reposed complete trust in him by reinducting him in cabinet,” it added.

According to the party, Bukhari instead of pursuing party interests in accordance with the expectations of electorate and workers started open attempts at “breaking the party by hobnobbing with its rivals”.

It referred to media reports about Bukhari’s alleged attempts to engineer split, saying the party leadership “waited in the hope of Bukhari rejecting these reports to clear the air”.

“But unfortunately he did nothing to remove this impression. It was therefore decided to expel Bukhari from party’s basic membership with immediate effect,” it added.