PDP expels nine leaders for meeting envoys, Lt Guv
Srinagar, Jan 09:
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday expelled its nine leaders for
“violating party’s interest” by meeting envoys of 15 countries and Lieutenant
Governor Girish Chandra Murmu.
including politicians, civil society groups, singers and activists met
ambassadors of 15 countries including Bangladesh, United States, Vietnam,
Norway, Maldives, South Korea, Morocco, Brazil and Nigeria on Thursday.
expelled leaders, Altaf Bukhari and Ghulam Hassan Mir, five former legislators
of PDP including Noor Muhammad Sheikh, Javaid Beigh, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Majeed
Paddar and Abdul Raheem Rather also met the envoys.
Dilawar Mir of PDP along with party members Zaffar Iqbal, Choudhary Qamar
Hussain and Raja Manzoor Ahmad had accompanied their ex-colleagues Ghulam
Hassan Mir and Altaf Bukhari to submit a memorandum to the Lieutenant Governor.
note of the meeting, PDP immediately went into a huddle and expelled these
leaders from basic membership claiming their activities were against the
“interests” of people in general and party in particular.
“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 very spirit and
interests of Jammu and Kashmir for which the party stands. These things were
seen with great concern and disciplinary committee deliberated it and
recommended stripping-off their basic membership,” said Suhail Bukhari, PDP
Bukhari said the
expelled members would include those leaders who on Tuesday met Lieutenant
Governor to submit a memorandum. “This is something which should have been
announced by our top leadership. Since they are under detention, I have been
given a mandate to communicate it to the media,” he said.
Sources said the
party was unhappy with these leaders and has been deliberating the course of
action for the last two days.
“Finally today it
was decided to expel them. All this has happened when the party is fighting for
the rights of people,” they said.
leaders however were defiant saying they took the move for the “welfare of
“In fact we
talked about the release of political detainees. If asking for restoration of
statehood, protection of land and job rights, revival of tourism is wrong then
we are ready to bear any consequences,” said Dilawar Mir, who was a
horticulture minister in PDP-Congress government earlier told The Kashmir