There seems to be no end to the woes of Mehbooba Mufti as two more Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers have raised a banner of revolt against the party leadership, joining the ranks of three other rebel leaders who purportedly plan to form a breakaway faction that could later form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.
MLAs from Nooraabad and Baramulla, Abdul Majeed Padder and Javeed Baig claimed the state’s former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti “never took them into confidence on crucial issues”, and supported former minister Imran Reza Ansari, who was among the first to raise his voice against the leadership.
Amid the widening visible cracks, the PDP is likely to hold a meeting next week to discuss the present situation. Former Chief Minister and party president Mehbooba Mufti, who is in New Delhi, will return to Srinagar on Saturday after which the party meeting will take place.
“Many legislators were humiliated by the party leadership by promoting those people who didn’t have any standing in the public or were politically immature. For us it was a big humiliation,’’ Baig told HT. “There are many legislators who are of the opinion that party was being put at stake.’’
The MLA, who is the nephew of senior PDP leader and Member of Parliament Muzaffar Baig, said the party was united because it was in power. “Now that the party is out of power, the party is crumbling,” Javaid said.
Another lawmaker and former minister of state Abdul Majeed Padroo claimed Mehbooba Mufti never consulted legislators or party leaders. “In every home, consultations are held. But Mehbooba ji never thought it proper to meet legislators,” Padroo said, adding that a government should be formed so that people’s day-to-day difficulties could be addressed.
Since Mehbooba Mufti resigned as CM, dissident legislators have been rallying around Ansari, who was the first along with his uncle Abid Ansari to revolt against the party leadership, blaming Mehbooba for turning the PDP into family party.
Ansari had said that he wouldn’t be in PDP that is headed by Mehbooba Mufti.
“After I revolted, many legislators and senior party leaders are in touch with me. They appreciate me for raising the issues,’’ Ansari said, adding that time will prove that only handful of leaders will remain with Mehbooba.