Shangus: Senior PDP leader and former Minister Peer Mohammad Hussain has said that sacking former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu is a welcome step but more is needed to revive the PDP at the grass roots.
He added that the alliance between the BJP and the PDP is not working well.
“Haseeb Drabu has spoken against the party agenda and deserved the action Chief Minister has taken against him but she will have to take more such steps to revive the party at the grass roots”, Hussain said.
Saying that corruption is on the rise and the alliance with BJP is not working well, Hussain said Mehbooba is surrounded by some political psychopaths and she will have to take strong and bold initiatives to reconnect the party with the people at the grass roots.
“Corruption is on the rise and agenda of alliance is not working well. BJP commanding and controlling the government at the centre is neither paying any head to our demands on dialogue with Pakistan and the separatist leader ship nor considers the state government’s proposals on developmental issues. This alliance has not worked the way we expected it to work”, Hussain pointed out.
He further added, “I impress upon the Chief Minister to come out from the coterie of political psychopaths surrounding her and reach out to people for mitigating their political and economic sufferings.”
Replying to a question about the reports of National Conference approaching him for joining that party Hussain said “whatever I have to do I will do at the appropriate time. I will react to questions on my future course and reasons for quitting Wakf Board at the appropriate time.”
Speaking at an event themed ‘Kashmir: the way forward’, recently, Drabu asked the people to “introspect” over the nature and origins of the situation in the state and how it can be resolved. “We need to talk to ourselves before we talk to others and this must happen nationally as well,” he said.
“I will not make a sales pitch here nor will I ask you for investments. That will happen. It will be a consequence of something else which I want to speak about today: your interest in Kashmir and its people, and their lives. For, Kashmir is not just a political problem, but a social issue. Our society has been ravaged and we need to address that first. It is in this we seek your help,” he had said.
The comments, eventually lead to his removal from the cabinet. Education MInister Altaf Bukhari was given the additional charge of Finance.
However, the BJP, while endorsing the comments of Drabu said that the only issue in Kashmir is to ‘get back Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.’
BJP General Secretary Ashok Kaul said that the party believes that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. “We believe that JK is India’s integral part and the only issue there is get PoK back,” he said.
(With inputs from KNS)