Srinagar, Dec 19, CNS: The frustration and anger shown by some People’s Democratic Party leaders against Nayeem Akhtar and Pirzada Mansoor Hussain in December 10 crucial meeting has started showing the negative results for the party-that was once popular across Kashmir as well as Chenab Valley.
PDP is right now in disintegration mode-courtesy the ‘arrogance’ of its president Mehbooba Mufti.
The party convened a crucial meeting on December 10 that was presided by Mehbooba Mufti. The disgruntled senior leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh who was made party patron, a move of possible appeasement, Mehbooba Mufti and Pirzada Mansoor spoke on the occasion. All the legislators except few, other party leaders participated in the meeting. Majority of the participants in one voice asked party president Mehbooba Mufti to show door to two senior leaders Nayeem Akhtar and Prizada Mansoor Hussain. “If you want to save the party from further embarrassment and disintegration, it is opportune time to show door to Nayeem Akhtar and Pirzada Mansoor Hussain,” a legislator quoted Syed Altaf Bukhari as having said in the meeting.
The Bukhari’s remarks were not in a good taste. “Leave whosoever wants to leave the party, I don’t care and I can’t oust Nayeem and Mansoor,” Mehbooba told participants in the meeting. This outburst of Mehbooba irked Syed Altaf Bukhari who left the meeting hall saying ‘do whatever you have to do.’
Party Vice President Abdul Rehman Veeri confirmed to CNS about the incident saying that everything has a proper procedure.”Some members raised fingers on the two leaders and wanted them out of the party. But these two party leaders justified their actions and work and were found innocent,” Veeri said adding that deliberations are on to look into the different aspects of demand made by some party leaders.
A couple of senior PDP leaders talked to CNS on the issue. One of the leaders even went to the extent saying they are mulling to create a new front outside PDP. “Several party leaders are in touch with one another. Future course of action will follow shortly,” he added.
PDP that emerged as single largest party in 2014 Jammu Kashmir Assembly elections received jolt after jolt after it forged an alliance with much ‘detested’ party in Kashmir-BJP. It even faced the wrath of people from Kashmir who blamed it of facilitating entry of RSS and BJP into Kashmir. Tariq Hamid Karra who resigned from the party and Member Parliament seat claimed that Mehbooba was keen to see RSS Shakhas emerging and flourishing in Kashmir. “The party that fought elections to keep BJP at bay joined hands with it for sake of power. It was something that had the potential to annihilate the party and the prediction has started turning true,” said a visibly anxious party leader who claimed that the man who was the brain child of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ left the party president in lurch. “That man came like drizzle and disappeared like flood waters. He did his job for which he is reaping benefits,” the party leader said.
Basharat Bukhari who joined National Conference today revealed before Reporters that there are some sycophants in the party who have great influence on Mehbooba Mufti. “Mehbooba Mufti must be a relieved person today as I left the party,” Bukhari said.
Top leaders who have left the party so for include Dr Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Basharat Bukhari, Raja Ajaz Ali, Abas Wani, Saifuddin Bhat, Tariq Hameed Karra, Mehboob Iqbal, Yasir Reshi. If sources are to be believed a top PDP senior leader recently had a cup of tea with National Conference top brass and this leader is likely to leave the party as well.
“Mehbooba Mufti is right now in New Delhi. A meeting will be called to discuss some sensitive issues after she arrives here,” Abdul Rehman Veeri said adding that those who are leaving the party are opportunists.
(Neyaz Elahi is working for Current News Service. He can be mailed at [email protected])