Abid Ansari says has quit PDP

JAMMU, DEC 07 2018

Former lawmaker and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abid Ansari says he has quit the PDP long back.

He said, “No doubt I have not yet submitted my resignation to JKPDP but I have said adios long back!”

Ansari further added on micro-blogging site Twitter that he has had issues with PDP, “right from the day Mufti sb passed away. All the promises made to me by him were broken by Mehbooba Mufti.”

Ansari is uncle of Imran Reza Ansari, who has already left the PDP and joined Sajad Lone led People’s Conference (PC) last month. It is likely that Abid Ansari is about to Lone ahead of the coming assembly elections.

He accused that Mufti was suggested such things by “near ones who broke the party into pieces.”

“A party that does not know the art of keeping it’s members united have no moral ground to fight the upcoming elections. Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation,” he added.

Yesterday Haseeb Drabu announced his resignation from the party.

After Imran Ansari, Drabu is the second leader to abandon the party after Governor Satypal Malik dissolved the state assembly on November 21.

In his emotional resignation letter, Drabu remembered former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who had sought him out and brought him into politics.

“Working with him made me realise that politics is not the ‘last refuge of scoundrels’!.. I just hope that when history judges Mufti Saheb and his decision to ally with the BJP, it does so in the context and with the complexity that it deserves,” he said.

Recalling his political journey, Drabu, who was one of the chief architects of the Agenda of Alliance between the PDP and the BJP in 2015 and then again in 2016, said during “this brief period, I got a flavour of politics in all its fascinating melange ranging from conviction, compulsion and compromise to principles, pledges and perfidies!”

He said his journey so far has had its fair share of highs and lows, successes and failures, appreciations and condemnation, contentment and frustrations, and agreements and disagreements.

“There are many things that I am thankful for, many more I am grateful and yet much more that I am distressed about. A slice of full life in itself as it were!” he wrote.