Crisis deepens in PDP: Leaders refuse to accept expulsion order
Srinagar, Jan 10:
Crisis has deepened in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after expelled
leaders refused to accept the decision of the party.
On Thursday nine
leaders were expelled by party for “violating the party interest” by meeting
envoys of 15 countries and Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu earlier
was made by incarcerated former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s media advisor
Abdul Majeed Paddar, who was one of the leaders expelled on Thursday said the
decision was “not acceptable” to them.
president Mehbooba Mufti is in jail while patron Muzaffar Beigh is in Jammu.
Who expelled us from the party?” Paddar asked.
Bukhari has not authority to expel them as the mandate lies with the disciplinary
“If any leader
indulges in anti-party activity, the disciplinary committee first issues a
notice. The accused are given time to explain. Suhail Bukhari has no authority
to issue such statement,” he said.
they did not indulge in any “anti-party” activities. “We met envoys at an
individual level. We were not part of any delegation. We met ambassadors to
convey them what Kashmiris are going through for last several months. Somebody
has to speak out as we can’t remain mute spectators,” he added.
former chief spokesperson of PDP, Rafi Ahmad Mir said they were still part of
the party. “Nobody can expel us. Who are these unknown faces who expelled us?”
Mir said only
Mehbooba Mufti has authority to expel any leader if he or she is found involved
in “anti-party” activities.
“We raised issues
of common masses with envoys. I fail to understand who gave Suhail Bukhari
authority to issue statement,” Mir said.
and Mir, other former PDP legislators Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Javaid Beigh, Abdul
Rahim Rather met envoys.
Dilawar Mir along with party members Zaffar Iqbal, Choudhary Qamar Hussain and
Raja Manzoor Ahmad had accompanied Ghulam Hassan Mir and Altaf Bukhari to meet
Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu.
“In the backdrop
of what has happened post August 5, it has come to the notice that some of the
party members have met visiting envoys. It is against the spirit and interests
of Jammu and Kashmir for which the party stands,” Suhail Bukhari said.
that these things were seen with great concern and disciplinary committee
recommended stripping their basic membership.
Sabha member Nazir Ahmad Laway too refused to accept his expulsion from the
Four leaders quit
Srinagar, Jan 10:
PDP has suffered a major blow when four senior leaders resigned from the party
The leaders who
have quit the party include former MLA Yawar Mir, Dr Mir Samiullah, Muntazir
Mohidin and Showkat Gayoor Andrabi.
that the PDP has been in complete disarray for the last two years and that is
the resign he put in his papers.
disharmony and confusion, it is impossible for the party to represent common
masses. I find no reason to continue being in the party. I will continue to
serve the masses of Pulwama,” said Samiullah.