BJP top leadership fears breaking of alliance with PDP
Bilal Bashir Bhat
New Delhi, Mar 13 (KNB): The ouster of senior PDP minister Haseeb Drabu has not only raised concerns in the Jammu and Kashmir State politics but also has brought a ripple within the political corridors of New Delhi as BJP led Central government has lost its one of the main important mediator in form of Haseeb Drabu who played a vital role in forming the ‘unholy’ alliance of PDP-BJP.
Drabu who was considered as one of the important mediator for PDP and BJP ‘unmatched marriage’ was dramatically sacked from the post of state’s finance minister after his remark that Kashmir is “not a political issue” triggered a huge controversy.
Sources told KNB, that the top BJP leadership has summoned its senior state leaders to the national capital to discuss the possible repercussions on the alliance and mediate on ways to resolve the situation.
Sources said the top leadership in Delhi is now concerned about whether the PDP would take a hard line in Mr Drabu’s absence. The state BJP leaders are expected to help the brass in crafting out a strategy.
Pertinently, along with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the father of Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, the 53-year-old economist had played a pivotal in the crafting of a common agenda for the PDP-BJP alliance in the state.
Since the death of Mr Sayeed in January 2016, Mr Drabu, BJP sources said, helped get across the party’s views to PDP and help bridge the huge ideological gap between the two parties that appeared unbridgeable. Be it the Common Minimum Programme or any other governance issue over which the rift had widened, he played a vital role in resolving the issue. (KNB)