Former JK finance minister Drabu says pained at sacking without being heard

Former JK finance minister Drabu says pained at sacking without being heard

Former JK finance minister Drabu says pained at sacking without being heard

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Former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu today broke silence on his unceremonious exit from the Mehbooba Mufti government saying the decision was a "surprise" and the manner in which it was conveyed "shocking".

The spokesman quoted the Rasheed saying "Omer Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti need to understand and accept the fact that it is only because of the United Nations resolutions that people talk everywhere about the J&K dispute".

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"Even as I issue this statement, I have no formal or even personal communication either from the government or from the party about my being dropped from the cabinet on the 12th of March. I was not accorded an opportunity to explain the context and the content of my speech", he said. The political situation has never improved. His exact words were, "Don't see Jammu and Kashmir as a conflict state and political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now".

Explaining the sequence of events of the past few days, Drabu said that after delivering a speech at New Delhi, he arrived in J&K on March 11 and saw a statement of PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni, asking him to retract the remark he had reportedly made in the Capital.

"The fact is that it is a long-held belief and I have repeatedly said it that the engagement with Kashmir should be at various levels", he said.

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Along with BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, Drabu was involved in stitching together the alliance between the two parties - one of which (BJP) draws its strength mainly from the Hindu-dominated Jammu region while the other (PDP) is more Kashmir-centric in its political outlook. "It is a setback to the alliance", the BJP leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

He said he was part of the group that formulated the PDP's self-rule document, and added, "To the best of my understanding and knowledge, this in no way goes against the articulated and stated political position of PDP".

He also played a key role in sorting out matters when Mehbooba Mufti demanded a renegotiation of the terms of the alliance after the death of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. It is an internal matter of the PDP.

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