Haseeb Drabu

A week after declining his nomination to the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of PDP, former minister of finance, culture, labour & employment Dr Haseeb A Drabu dropped a bombshell much before he was sacked from the council of ministers: he had “resigned from the cabinet, legislative assembly and the membership of PDP”.

His surprise came on micro-blogging site Twitter, where he said: “repulsive how paratroopers with proximity to Mehbooba Mufti in power are now trashing her.”

Castigating “paratroopers” of not standing up at an appropriate time, Drabu said, “with benefit of hindsight all are wise to say they should have resigned. Point is they didn’t. I did. From the cabinet, assembly and party 8 months before being dropped. But that’s another story.”

However, he didn’t reveal the “another story” as to why he had done so and why it wasn’t accepted.

A lawmaker from Rajpora, Drabu’s tweet was apparently referring to several PDP leaders who have been critical of Mehbooba since the fall of the BJPDP alliance in the state.

Keeping himself away from the party politics, Drabu since the day he was sacked, March 12, 2018, had not participated in any party meeting and did not comment on any issue.

He, however, came out with the clarification that his appropriate descriptor could be “disinterested” and not “disgruntled MLA.”

He, however, wrote on social site “at last the reason for my sacking has been made public! J&K improved its ranking from 11 (2016) to 7 (2018) among all the states in fiscal management. It was 24 in 2015 when I became FM.”

Communicating mostly on twitter, Drabu wrote twice to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti. First, after he was sacked, then when he was brought back into party’s core group. On both occasions, he expressed shock to know things through social media.

A day after he was sacked for his “remarks”, Drabu issued a detailed letter expressing his “shock and surprise that he has no formal or even personal communication either from the government or from the party about his being dropped from the Cabinet.”

Initially, not considered for any party post, Drabu was left out when Mehbooba on August 26, 2018, revamped the organisational structure of the party. The “coterie” accused by the rebel group of running the party were sidelined.

Days later, PDP spokesman issued another statement on September 7, that Drabu along with Syed Altaf Bukhari has been nominated for the PAC, the highest decision-making body of the party. Bukhari, however, was earlier designated as treasurer of the party.

Drabu reacted to his appointment. He thanked Mehbooba for his nomination but shown his “inability” to be part of the policy-making body of the party.

– Tahir Bhat

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