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Had resigned 8 months before being dropped, reveals Drabu

Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with minister Haseeb Drabu speaks with media during the press conference, in Jammu on Sunday. PTI Photo(PTI3_1_2015_000099A)

Srinagar, Sep 14: Days after declining his nomination to the Political Affairs Committee of PDP, senior leader and former finance minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Friday has revealed for first time that much before he was dropped from the council of minister he had “resigned from the cabinet, legislative assembly and the membership of PDP”.

Dr Drabu, however, did not elaborate why he had done so.


In the tweet, Drabu said he was repulsed by those who, having proximity with Mehbooba Mufti when she was in power, were “trashing” her now that she is no longer in power.

Slamming them, he tweeted: “With benefit of hindsight all are wise to say they should have resigned. Point is they didn’t. I did. From cabinet, assembly and party 8 months before being dropped. But that’s another story.”

He was apparently referring to several PDP leaders, who have been critical of Mehbooba since the fall of the PDP-BJP alliance in the state.

Dr Drabu has not participated in party meeting since he was dropped even though he had clarified in a tweet earlier that he was not “disgruntled” but “disinterested”.

He was the main architect along with Ram Madhav for drafting the terms, Agenda of Alliance, on basis of which the PDP-BJP government that ended in June was formed.

In an effort to bring the leader back into the party fold, Mehbooba, on September 7, nominated Dr Drabu and Syed Altaf Bukhari as members of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party.

However, the next day, he declined his nomination to the PAC, the highest decision making body of the party.

In a letter to Mehbooba, Dr Drabu had said he was pleasantly surprised to read, first in the social media and subsequently in the print media, that he had been “nominated” to the PDP’s PAC.

“After giving it a serious thought, I am afraid, I am not convinced that the PAC is genuinely empowered to pursue whatever is required to bring back the politics of the state from its current state of abyss. Nor is it able to function in a framework of open and emancipated deliberations to find ways of repairing and restoring the value system of the civil society which has been seriously impaired,” he had said.