Anti-party line: Mehbooba Mufti sacks finance minister Haseeb Drabu

J&K Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu speaking to diplomats at a PHD Chamber event

Since yesterday, pressure was mounting on Drabu, who played a key role in stitching an alliance with the BJP during Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's tenure earlier and again when Mehbooba Mufti became the chief minister, after newspapers published his remarks that people were "barking up the wrong tree" as the Kashmir issue was not a political issue. Drabu has deliberately made the statement to prove his credentials to quarters that matter to him. In recent times, leaders from BJP and PDP have openly criticised each other.

Drabu had sparked a storm by stating that Jammu and Kashmir was not a political problem or a conflict state. "Therefore, you are advised to explain as to why statement detrimental to party interests was made", reads a notice by Veeri to Drabu.

"It's shocking and shameful U-turn by the party (PDP) which, for years sought support and votes primarily to help in the resolution of a political is a total sell-out by the party", said NC's general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.

Madni said the PDP was committed to pushing its agenda for peaceful and dignified resolution of the Kashmir problem which alone would lessen the tension in the region and release huge financial resources of the two countries for development of their economies.

People Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday has sent Drabu's sacking letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra for a final decision.

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National conference working president and former chief minister Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah reacted to the ouster of Finance Minister Dr Haseeb A Drabu from the cabinet by saying that it would be interesting to see who replaces him. "Remembering the past struggle of Kashmiris, he (Mir Qasim) had quoted famous couplet of Iqbal to me", Soz said. Three years later on Monday he was sacked from the J&K cabinet for referring to Kashmir as "social issue". "There was thus the decision to remove him".

"Your statement has the potential to create a serious dent in the image and credibility of the party".

Drabu, the Journalist turned banker turned economist turned Finance Minister has been in the thick of things since BJP-PDP government was formed in the restive state on March 1, 2015.

However, sources said Mehbooba and those close to her didn't trust him and suspected him of being close to the BJP and RSS.

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