A reshuffle in the state cabinet is in the offing, with two senior PDP ministers in the race for grabbing the vital portfolio of Education.
There are reports that two ministers are in the fray for getting the portfolio of Education as Altaf Bukhari who was holding it was accorded the additional portfolio of Finance.
After Haseeb Drabu was sacked by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over his ‘controversial’ remarks on Kashmir, Bukhari was given the portfolio of Finance in addition to his own Education ministry.
However, there are discussions taking place within the ruling camp that the portfolio of Education should be accorded to some other minister as it would be difficult for Bukhari to retain two vital portfolios.
Therefore, the names of two PDP ministers is topping the list and among them one will get the Education while as Finance will remain exclusively with Bukhari. “It is going to be a vital development as the interesting situation has emerged in the collation.
It is to be seen who will be given such a vital portfolio and whose fate will be kept in limbo,” sources said, adding that both the ministers had earlier expressed grievance over being given less important ministries.
“Both the ministers are important for the PDP and it would be a tightrope walk to choose between the two. So far, there hasn’t been any consensus evolved over the issue and it is still a 50:50 chance for both of them,” says a functionary privy to the latest development over the issue.
Earlier, there were also reports that the PDP too is deliberating over to drop any minister in the canine and induct any new face. However, so far there aren’t any decisive measures taken in this regard by the party leadership. He said there are also chances that the BJP would also make some changes in its cabinet portfolios in the government with chances of few new faces being inducted widely speculated.