February 2017 News

PDP Rumble: Bukhari Gives In, Unrelenting Ansari Leaves For Pilgrimage

20 February 2017
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: In a dramatic twist to the resignation of two PDP Ministers from the State Cabinet, one of the aggrieved leaders, Basharat Bukhari, resumed the office on Monday. However there was no breakthrough in the case of Imran Ansari, who wanted elevation in his portfolio. An official told Greater Kashmir that Bukhari went to his Secretariat office in Jammu today. 'He was there for 10 to 20 minutes,' an official said, adding the minister also met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her office in the Civil Secretariat. 'I met with the Chief Minister today and discussed all the issues which I had raised in the resignation letter and the communication which I had sent to the Chief Minister last month and many more issues related to party affairs and functioning of the Governmental,' a local news agency quoted Bukhari as saying. In a flip-flop, Bukhari however refuted that he had tendered resignation over the issue of portfolio, saying, 'Certain developments had taken place over period of time that prompted me to resign.' Bukhari had put in his papers on Friday soon after the reshuffle in the portfolios of some PDP ministers. In the reshuffle, he was divested of the charge of Department of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation and assigned charge of 'insignificant' Horticulture department. On Sunday, Bukhari however met with the Chief Minister here following which he flew to Jammu which was a clear indication of him joining the office. Meanwhile Ansari, an influential Shia leader, who was holding the charge of Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, has left for Iran for pilgrimage and would return by middle of March. Though he too had a meeting with the Chief Minister on Saturday, there was no word whether he would join the office on his return. Imran Ansari's uncle and MLA Zadibal, Aabid Ansari, told Greater Kashmir that he (Imran Ansari) would reconsider his decision to resume office only if the Government was ready to change his portfolio 'to allow him to serve people'. But that is unlikely to happen in Ansari's case as well since the Chief Minister hadn't given any 'concrete assurance' to both the leaders about their demands during their separate meetings with her, sending across the 'message that pressure tactics won't work.'