Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suffered another jolt on Saturday after former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb A Drabu declined his nomination to the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the highest decision making body of the party.
Drabu’s refusal comes months after seven rebels including five MLAs — Imran Reza Ansari, Mohammad Abbaas Wani, Abid Ansari, Abdul Majid Padder and Javaid Baigh — and two MLCs – Saifuddin Bhat and Yasir Reshi – openly raised a banner of revolt against Mehbooba Mufti for what they called turning the party into a family fief.
“After giving it a serious thought, I am afraid, I am not convinced that the PAC is genuinely empowered to pursue whatever is required to bring back the politics of the state from its current state of abyss. Nor is it able to function in a framework of open and emancipated deliberations to find ways of repairing and restoring the value system of the civil society which has been seriously impaired,” he said.
Thanking Mehbooba for his nomination, Drabu, who was the co-author of the Agenda of Alliance between the PDP and the BJP, declined to accept the nomination. “I thank you for the nomination but regret my inability to be a part of this PAC. Needless to say that I will continue to work, as I have in the past, for a peaceful, progressive and prosperous J&K,” he said.
After losing power in June this year, Mehbooba reconstituted the PAC which she heads. She had nominated Drabu and another senior party leader, Altaf Bukhari, to the PAC on Friday.