J&K: Crisis deepens in PDP, rebels boycott meeting chaired by Mehbooba Mufti

Crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepened on Saturday when five rebels boycotted the North Kashmir leaders meeting which was chaired by party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Among the leaders who did not join the meeting include MLA from Baramulla, Javaid Baig, MLA from Pattan Imran Reza Ansari, MLA representing Gulmarg Mohommad Abbas Wani and MLC Yasir Reshi.

Member Parliament from north Kashmir and one of the founders of the party Muzaffar Baig also skipped the meeting. According to family sources, Baig could not attend the meeting as he was unwell.

The dissident legislators from north Kashmir who did not attend the meeting included former minister and Pattan MLA Imran Ansari, MLAs Javeed Baig and Mohammad Abbas Wani and MLC Yasir Reshi. Incidentally, Member Parliament from north Kashmir and one of the founders of the party Muzaffar Baig also skipped the meeting.

According to family sources reported in DNA, Baig could not attend the meeting as he was not feeling well.Except the five leaders, the meeting was attended by other party legislators from north Kashmir, a Rajya Sabha member, zonal and district presidents. Mehbboba has already held similar interactions with party leaders of central and south Kashmir separately in the past over a week

“I was invited, but did not attend Saturday’s meet,” PDP legislator Javeed Baig said.

In the meeting, Mehbooba impressed upon the leaders to connect with the grassroots workers and ensure close liaison with the general public.

Sources said the meetings are part of the series to reach out to the people and stem the rot in the PDP. Insiders said PDP is also trying to galvanize the party before the foundation day on July 28 which they want to use to display their show of strength post-revolt in the party.

The meeting comes a day after Mehbooba made startling claims that he pressure is being mounted on PDP MLAs to leave the party and those lawmakers who reject the financial allurements and ministerial berths, are being threatened of NIA raids.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday welcomed the statement made by Farooq Abdullah in Parliament, stating that the party hopes the NC president sticks to what he has said this time about the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

In a statement, former minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said the PDP welcomed Farooq’s change of heart and hoped it would not be a mere poll gimmick by the NC president.

“We hope Farooq sticks to it and contributes to the resolution of Kashmir in a positive manner. It is high time the Centre utilises this consensus among the political groups in the Valley vis-a-vis the peaceful resolution of Kashmir,” Akhtar said.

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