Friday, April 23, 2021

Mehbooba Mufti faces revolt, political future uncertain

SRINAGAR, July 10: The political future of Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP remains uncertain with party leaders and legislators dissenting publicly and accusing the leadership of promoting family rule in Jammu & Kashmir Since governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu & Kashmir on June 20, a day after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP-BJP coalition + , the PDP legislators, one after another have been publicly revolting against their party chief, Mehbooba.
Disgruntled PDP leader and MLA Zadibal, Abid Ansari + claimed that 14 legislators have decided to leave the party. Shia leaders like Imran Ansari Raza and his uncle MLA Zadibal Abid Ansari announced their decision of leaving the PDP last week. They accused Mehbooba of favouritism towards her brother, Tassaduq Mufti whom she had appointed as tourism minister and her maternal uncle, Sartaj Madni who was vested with undue powers even as he allegedly indulged in largescale corruption.
This was followed by Baramulla MLA, Javid Hussain Baig, who publicly criticised Mufti for encouraging dynastic rule in the state and left the decision to quit the party to his uncle and parliamentarian, Muzaffar Hussain Baig. PDP MLA Gulmarg, Mohammad Abbas Wani, also announced last week that he has decided to leave the party and blamed the leadership of promoting nepotism and corruption in the state.
PDP leader and MLC from north Kashmir’s Bandipora, Yasir Reshi, on Friday supported his party colleagues to seek an alternative to the traditional family rule in J&K. (Agencies)