PDP ministers keep fingers crossed as Tasaduq gets ready to begin new innings

PDP ministers keep fingers crossed as Tasaduq gets ready to begin new innings

Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Dec 17: As the speculations are rife that Tasaduq Mufti, brother of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, would be inducted into the council of ministers after being nominated as the Member of Legislative Council (MLC) a few PDP ministers are keeping their fingers crossed as they fear that they may lose their jobs.
Sources told Precious Kashmir a few ministers are under scanner and Peoples Democratic Party may give a chance to new faces. “There is every possibility about PDP reshuffling its ministers. PDP top brass has decided to induct Tasaduq as Tourism Minister. This has triggered dissent within the PDP. A few legislators who have won the elections twice are demanding their share.
They are unhappy as they have been sidelined,” they added.
Insiders revealed that one of the junior ministers and PDP loyalist has offered to step down to pave the way for Tasaduq’s induction into the council of ministers. “The PDP loyalist believes that if steps down and it would pacify the legislators who have not got a chance to become a minister.”
Sources said that a few PDP leaders are of the opinion that instead of MLCs, the MLAs who have won the elections should be given a chance.
“A few PDP legislators are lobbying hard to get a close aide of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed dropped from the cabinet as they believe that he has not won the election and has managed to get the berth in the cabinet through a backdoor,” they added.
Insiders revealed that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wants to ensure that her brother is prepared before the next elections. “Tasaduq’s inclusion in the council of ministers would provide him the much needed political exposure which would help him get prepared for 2020 elections,” they added.
Insiders revealed a few influential PDP ministers, who enjoy mass support too are demanding that they should be given better portfolios so that they are able to help their workers and fulfill the promises which they had made to them. “ PDP leaders are not opposing the induction of Tasaduq into the council of ministers but they are demanding their share as they believe that it’s the right time to strike as iron is hot,” they added.
A PDP leader said, “PDP top brass is in no mood to annoy its leaders and has already hinted that party leaders are open to suggestions and advices. As such there is no discord within the party. It’s just a few people want to strike a deal.”
It’s in place to mention here that Tasaduq recently resigned from the post of Coordinator of Chief Minister’s grievance cell and is likely to be nominated as MLC shortly as MLC seat occupied by senior PDP leader Vikramadtiya Singh has fallen vacant. Singh had resigned from the PDP and the Legislative Council as a mark of protest against the failure of the PDP led government to announce a holiday on the occasion of the birthday of his grandfather Maharaja Hari Singh.