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Drabu's sacking right decision: Farooq

Bennie Garza | 15 March, 2018, 23:26

Drabu's remarks at a meeting in Delhi to promote economy of the state had created a controversy giving an opportunity to his detractors to make Mehbooba take the extreme step of sacking her trusted minister.

Jammu: Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari has been reportedly entrusted the additional portfolio of Finance.

The former journalist said he wanted "to put the record straight", making it clear he wouldn't be the fall guy for the deeply unpopular PDP-BJP alliance in the state.

"J&K is not a political issue as far as I can see. It is a society which has social issues right now".

Drabu who was considered as one of the important mediator for PDP and BJP "unmatched marriage" was dramatically sacked from the post of state's finance minister after his remark that Kashmir is "not a political issue" triggered a huge controversy.

There were reports that the coterie led by Mehbooba's maternal uncle and vice-president of PDP Sartaj Madni was unhappy with Drabu who was an authority in financial sector and was trying to stem out corruption by introducing the online system of payments by government departments.

"As for my understanding of the political ideology of PDP, it is based on my drafting of various election manifestoes, the aspirational agenda, and the all-important Self Rule document, which Mufti Sahib involved me in", he said. Nor does it dent its image.

He said that it is surprising that he has been ousted from the government and continues to be the member of the party against the core political agenda of which he has spoken.

"The decision to drop me did come as a surprise but what was shocking was the manner and method of communicating it. I stand informed by the media", he said. While I understand and accept the decision, to take to the media before talking to me was painful.

Since the death of Mr Sayeed in January 2016, Mr Drabu, BJP sources said, helped get across the party's views to PDP and help bridge the huge ideological gap between the two parties that appeared unbridgeable.

Speaking of how he cobbled the alliance with the BJP, Drabu said that the late Mufti Sayed tasked him with negotiating with the BJP and made him the pointsman for the alliance.

Peoples Democratic Party leader Haseeb Drabu has broken his silence on his unceremonious exit as Jammu and Kashmir finance minister, saying Monday's decision to drop him was both a surprise and a shock because of the way it had been communicated.

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