Sacking Dr Drabu will not redeem the PDP sins: Omar

Haseeb Drabu. PTI file

Drabu's statement proved the last nail in the coffin and he was finally sacked and not asked to resign. Ambassadors of different countries were invited for the event.

Drabu stoked a controversy by saying that Jammu and Kashmir should not be seen as a conflict state or a political problem, but as a society with social issues.

"Party's agenda is supreme and it is a lesson for all others not to make comments which goes against the interests of the party and people of the state", J&K's education minister Altaf Bukhari said.

Meanwhile, the departments of Finance, and Labour and Employment will be headed by Chief Minister Mufti, in pursuance of Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules. The suggestion that it is a social rather than a political problem could be construed by critics as one close to how elements in the Sangh want to perceive Kashmir.

Drabu has been in the eye of a storm after his remark at a function in Delhi that Kashmir "isn't a political issue". Mehbooba Mufti should explain. "Nobody should take him for his "naiveté", Soz said. He (Drabu) is highly qualified. "I'm not speaking today", he said in Jammu. "Since three years, Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) has eroded everything, now that they have reached the point where they think that this step will wipe out all their problems for them", he said.

At a hurriedly called press conference on Sunday, the opposition National Conference termed Drabu's comments as "unrealistic, incorrect, misleading and distortion of history". A person aware of development said that a formal announcement was imminent.

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Drabu's statement came at a time when the PDP and its coalition partner, the BJP, are at loggerheads over a range of issues, with Mehbooba openly pressing for talks with Pakistan on Kashmir while the saffron party adopting a different line. "Your statement has the potential of creating a serious dent in the image and credibility of the party". The party maintains that the Kashmir issue is a political issue and its resolution formed the party's core agenda. By the afternoon, Drabu as well as PDP found themselves in the midst of a political storm.

Drabu tried to defend himself by blaming the media for quoting him selectively.

She wrote to governor N.N. Vohra on Monday afternoon seeking his assent to Drabu's removal from the council of ministers.

"PHDCCI (PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry) speech cost him dearly", Omar tweeted.

Drabu, a former journalist and an economist, was appointed finance minister by former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

He further added that Drabu was the main player between the PDP and BJP alliance.

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