Hadi Hidayat | Wahid Bhat
Srinagar | May 12 : While all is not well between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and one of its senior leader and legislator Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, the latter has been offered the tourism ministry which he has out rightly refused to accept.
Reliable sources told Press Trust of Kashmir that the Mehbooba Mufti led government, in a bid to settle the party issues, had held several meetings with the aggrieved legislator and was offered the Tourism Ministry. “But Bukhari has refused and has insisted for the R&B Ministry back,” sources said.
The source said that while Tourism is a much important portfolio, but it seemed, for Bukhari it was a matter of ego.
“He wants R&B back as he thinks it is a matter of ego,”a source said.
It may be noted that Bukhari was R&B minister in late Mufti Muhammad Sayed’s cabinet last year. Following Mufti’s demise, Bukhari was dropped from the new team of ministers by Mehbooba Mufti over some issues of showing “dishonesty to the party.”
It was rumoured that Bukhari had tried to sideline Mehbooba and form the government with BJP along with some other PDP legislators.
The other ministers in Mufti’s cabinet who were dropped by Mehbooba included Ashraf Mir, Abdul Majid Paddar and Javed Mustafa Mir. (PTK)
2015 Kashmir Despatch