Haseeb Drabu resigns from PDP, says another phase of life over

Srinagar: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader on Thursday resigned from the party, about two weeks after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state legislative Assembly.

Dr Drabu announced his resignation in a letter to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti. The former finance minister of J&K later posted the letter on his official twitter page.

Dr Drabu was dropped in March this year as the Finance Minister in the Mehbooab Mufti-led PDP-BJP government days after he remarked that the situation in J&K shouldn’t be seen as a political problem. “Jammu and Kashmir shouldn’t be seen as a conflict state or a political problem, but as a society with social issues,” Drabu had said at an event in New Delhi.

Terming his innings as a politician in PDP as an enriching and enlightening association, Dr Drabu said he enjoyed every movement of it. “This journey (as a politician and cabinet minister) has had its fair share of highs and lows, successes and failures, appreciation and condemnation, agreement and disagreement. There are many things that I am thankful for and much more I am grateful for and yet much I am distressed about,” he said in the letter.

In the letter, Dr Dradu also hit out at the Governor for dissolving the Assembly, saying it doesn’t credit either the democratic system or its custodian participants with any glory whatsoever.

He said this (resignation) has been coming for a while now. “Even though I have not been a dissident — you are aware I had resigned from the cabinet, assembly and party nearly two years ago which you didn’t accept — I have disengaged from the party affairs for quite some time now,” he said.

“I didn’t precipitate the matter because I believe it is ethically and morally wrong to leave the party under whose aegis one has contested and won the seat in the legislative assembly. Now that it is over, I am hereby resigning from the JK PDP,” he added.

Dr Drabu has also praised former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Syed, saying that he made him realize that politics is not the last refuge of scoundrels, but occasionally people with intellectual integrity, personal honesty and moral courage can be found here. “I was exceptionally lucky to have worked with him,” he said.

Justifying Mr Mufti’s decision to form a government in coalition with the BJP, he said, “I just hope that when history judges him and his decision, it does so in the context and with the complicity that it deserves.

“I wish PDP all the very best and may it contribute to the resolution of the long impending political issue,” he added.



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