Drabu rejects Mehbooba’s ‘Come back Home’ plea, calls PDP a ‘Political NGO’

Drabu rejects Mehbooba’s ‘Come back Home’ plea, calls PDP a ‘Political NGO’

Srinagar, May 31: As the People’s Democratic Party continues to battle internal crises, its president Mehbooba Mufti’s ‘come back’ call to the former leaders who parted ways with PDP last year – has failed to make any impact. The calls has in fact triggered a new wave of anger among the decedents against the former Chief Minster with some calling her ‘ Didi’ of Kashmir Politics in an obvious reference to West Bangal Chief Minister Mumta Benereji who got a huge drubbing by BJP in the recently concluded Parliament elections due to, – self centric and stubborn – approach.
Mehbooba Mufti – according to a press statement- had earlier this week said that the party would urge the leaders who have left the party- to return into the party fold. The request however, has met with a sharp criticism from none less than her one time most trusted cabinet and party colleague Dr. Hasseb Drabu who appears to not only have rejected the offer but also ridiculed Mehboba led PDP, going to the extent of calling it, a “ Political NGO’’.
The former Finance Minster who was dropped from the cabinet unceremoniously by Mehbooba expressed his anger in a column, “ Mehbooba V/S Mufti” published in a local leading daily on Thursday.
“Now, in the face of electoral debacle, her reversion reveals her frustrations. She has said that “PDP Wasn’t formed for the sake of lections.” If, So, then why did she contest so many so far! Or is now PDP on its way to become a political NGO? Enough to make one turn in one’s grave.” Wrote Drabu in his column.
Branding Mehbooba an ‘incompetent’ Politician who has never been able to find any political friends outside her party, Drabu in the column said, “For someone who has been in politics for two decades and more, she has very few political relationships outside of her own party. It was Mufti’s enduring regret that she built no political network in New Delhi despite her two terms as an MP. As Chief Minster, this relationship vacuum was filled up by the family and cronies coming out of nooks and crannies.”
Dr. Drabu while rating her as an ‘failed administrator ‘who was not able to make transition from an ‘ agitationist’ to an ‘ administrator’, said that she couldn’t handle the alliance with BJP because of ‘her personal manner, political mettle and governance method’.
The former Finance Minster has even drawn a parallel between Mehbooba Mufti and her Father Mufti Mohammad Syed suggesting the party had emerged as the single largest Political representative Party of the state under Mufti Syed with 28 MLSs, 12 MLCs and 5 MPs but has been now been reduced to a party of just handful of leaders under Mehbooba Mufti.
“If mufti was cerebral, she is Visceral; If he was reflective, She is instinctive, if he was laconic, she is verbose, and if he was a strategist, She is tactician.” Observed Drabu.
Meanwhile other former PDP leaders have also turned down the request saying, the PDP has now become a fiefdom of a few cronies and returning to the fold was simply out of question.
When contacted former minster and now National Conference leader Syed Basharat Bukhari said that he had a reason to desert PDP and returning to the fold was absolutely ‘out of question’.
“Nothing of the sort. Even the question doesn’t arise. I was absolutely reasonable while leaving PDP. Reason augurs universality and unreasonable I don’t want to be.” Bukhari said.
Another former PDP leader said that, the green party was at its last leg and would fade way from the political horizon of the state if it continues to remain in the hands of a few cronies roaming around Mehbooba.
Former MLA and now People’s conference leader Gh. Abass Wani also rejected the idea and said, there was no question of going back to the party which had no respect for their own leaders.
“I am being respected and regarded by the PC leadership. I gave them their poll symbol. This is the respect they have given to me. What more should I aspire for,” Wani said, adding that he doesn’t want to even think about going back to PDP. (RNA)