Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, April 5: Even as the wait for government formation has come to an end, the ruling party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is mired in fresh controversy with Member of Parliament Tariq Karra questioning the induction of some senior leaders in the Council of Ministers by Mehbooba Mufti.
Karra boycotted the oath-taking ceremony and has sought removal of three senior leaders Haseeb Drabu, Altaf Bukhari and Naeem Akhtar. He blamed them for being in the “forefront” of a “coup” against Mehbooba Mufti when the latter was negotiating the re-alliance with the BJP.
Karra said during his one-on-one meeting with Mehbooba, he had requested her to take action against the three leaders to send out a message to the party.
“Mehbooba has now sent out the message that back-stabbers are rewarded,” he told The Tribune over phone from Jammu.
As it is widely believed that the threat of a break-up of the party pushed Mehbooba to enter into a re-alliance with the BJP and also forced her to drop demands of time-bound implementation of the “Agenda of Alliance.
Karra said that Drabu, Akhtar and Bukhari failed Mufti Mohammad Sayeed when the latter was Chief Minister. He called the three leaders “hate icons”. He said their actions were anti-people. Drabu is behind all the confusion that exists between the PDP and the BJP. He sold dreams to Mufti Saheb.
Akhtar created an anti-PDP constituency, he said. Drabu and Akthar did not respond to repeated calls. However, Bukhari said the allegations levelled against him were not true. Tariq Karra has been changing his stand since the day the BJP-PDP coalition was formed last year in the state.
His accusations against party leaders are utterly disgraceful, Bukhari added. On being dropped as a Minister, I have full faith in the decision of Mehbooba Mufti, he added.