Former Jammu & Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who was sacked by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti from the cabinet for his remarks that Kashmir is "not a political issue" but "a society which has social issues right now", was a key figure in stitching the PDP-BJP alliance after state elections in 2014.
Top sources while disclosing this to KNS revealed that Drabu instead of complying the party directive to retract his statement on Kashmir was very harsh in his reply to the show cause notice issued to him by Ab Rehman Veeri the head of party's disciplinary committee.More news: Brown Supports Trump's Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum
A senior leader of the party pleading anonymity told KNB that "after facing the humiliation he (Drabu) has chose to quit the party as a mark of protest against the extreme decision of his sacking by Chief Minister and Party President Mehbooba Mufti". The governor had accepted the decision.
Drabu earlier wrote on a Facebook post that he was quoted out of context and that his speech at a function in Delhi was carried "in bits and pieces" in a news report.More news: Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA) Stock Rating Upgraded by Vetr
Drabu, he said, was often the bridge between the Jammu and Kashmir government and the Centre over a host of issues.
Opposition parties and separatist leaders targeted the Mehboob Mufti government for Drabu's remarks saying the comments were a "proof of surrender", "misleading and distortion of history" that amounted to the PDP's sellout of its self-rule demand "to remain in power". A favourite of the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Drabu was made the finance minister after he impressed the former CM when he was economic adviser to the PDP government between January 2003 and 2008. He was also a consultant to the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and finally with the 10th Finance Commission.More news: Newell Brands Inc (NWL) Shares Sold by State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Many political leaders have reacted differently to Drabu's comment. The split will occur in coming months and may pose a serious challenge to PDP in Parliament Elections 2019. He also served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank.