New Delhi, July 3: Weeks after the BJP pulled the rug from under Mehbooba Mufti’s feet ending the three-year-old alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, three of her MLAs have raised banner of revolt against the former chief minister, blaming her for the collapse of the coalition government in the state.
Leading the revolt, influential Shia leader and former minister Imran Ansari called Mufti “incompetent” and accused her of nepotism. He said that the People’s Democratic Party has become “Family Democratic Party”.
“Mehbooba Mufti not only failed the PDP as a party but also dashed the dreams of her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed that he had envisaged,” Imran said.
“It had become a family show which was run by brothers, uncles and other relatives. The Peoples Democratic Party has become Family Democratic Party,” he said in an apparent reference to induction of Tasaduq Mufti, a political newbie, as cabinet minister earlier this year and giving key position to Sartaj Madni, Mehbooba’s uncle, in the party.
Hinting at quitting the party, Imran said, “There is no point for us to continue in this party”. The former minister added that he was not adverse to joining any other party which was keen to work for betterment of Jammu and Kashmir and end the “family rule”.
A day earlier, Raza’s uncle and PDP MLA Abid Hussain Ansari made similar charges against Mehbooba Mufti.
Accusing the former CM of nepotism, Ansari said that it was because of the MLAs that Mehbooba was the chief minister and not because of her relatives.
“She was giving least importance to party MLAs and never listened to them. She did not show any respect to MLAs. Infact she treated them (MLAs) as her servants,” Ansari was quoted as saying.
Speaking on the lines of Ansaris, Mohammad Abbas, PDP MLA from Gulmarg, announced he was quitting the party “as it has been hijacked by a few leaders which is unacceptable”.
Interestingly, the signs of dissension in the PDP come days after BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s visit to the Valley, which many have linked with the saffron party’s possible efforts to stitch up a coalition, minus Mehbooba and her close confidantes, for government formation in the state which is currently under Governor NN Vohra’s rule.
Noticeably, Imran Ansari backed BJP wholeheartedly and said it was because of its “endavour” that a huge chunk of money was released for various developmental activities in the state, according to a Times of India report.
Reacting to Imran’s comments, a senior PDP leader said the move of the Ansaris was expected.
“Imran had met Mehbooba several times in the past two years and asked for a change in portfolio. He was keen on getting Public Works Department or Rural Development but his requests were turned down,” the PDP leader said.
He said Imran had been given key portfolios concerning the educated youth where he could have recharted their future course. “However, he did not seem to be interested in that kind of work,” he said.
Imran was elected from Pattan assembly segment in 2014 assembly polls. His father Moulvi Iftikhar Ansari had joined PDP in 2006 after resigning from the National Conference, which he had joined in 2002 after parting ways with the Congress.