After Javaid Baig, Another PDP rebel returns to Party fold


After Javaid Beg, MLA Baramulla, another PDP legislator Abdul Majeed Paddar, who represents Noorabad Assembly constituency, has returned to the party fold.

Sources said that Paddar met PDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her Gupkar residence today and announced his return to the party fold. He said he would strengthen party at grass-root level.

“All the misunderstandings were cleared”, party sources said.

Paddar is the second legislator of PDP to return to party fold in last few days. MLA Javaid Baig attended the party meeting held on Monday.

Padder said he and other rebel lawmakers were never against Mehbooba as the leader but were against nepotism and “family Raj”, which has now been “nipped in the bud”.

Following an internal rebellion, Mehbooba revamped the organisational structure of the party in August and dropped her maternal uncle and former party vice-president Sartaj Madni, former minister Naeem Akhtar,and senior leader Mansoor Hussain from her new team.

“Mamaji (Madni), Naeem, Mansoor and Waheed Parra had hijacked the party and they had been misleading Mehboobaji all these years. I had sought their removal and this was my only demand,” Padder said, adding, “Now that all four have been removed by Mehboobaji and my concerns have been addressed, I am back in the party fold.”

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