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Mehbooba sacks Finance Minister for calling Kashmir 'social issue'

IANS  |  Jammu 

Chief on Monday sacked Finance from the cabinet after a political storm over his controversial remarks that the issue should be seen as a social and not a political problem.

The sacking of Drabu, an eminent and the main of the BJP-PDP alliance and its agenda of governance, came a day after the asked him to retract what it said was "detrimental to the party's interests".

Informed sources told IANS here that wrote to N.N. Vohra, informing him about her decision to oust Drabu from the council of ministers.

Drabu earlier wrote on a post that he was quoted out of context and that his speech at a function in was carried "in bits and pieces" in a news report.

The event was organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to invite foreign and domestic investors to

"I will not make a sales pitch here nor will I ask you for investments. That will happen. It will be a consequence of something else which I want to speak about today: your interest in and its people, and their lives.

"For Kashmir is not just a political problem but a social issue. Our society has been ravaged and we need to address that first. It is in this we seek your help," the said at the event.

Opposition parties and separatist leaders targeted the for Drabu's remarks saying the comments were a "proof of surrender", "misleading and distortion of history" that amounted to the PDP's sellout of its self-rule demand "to remain in power".

The PDP said it recognised the state as a political issue and had been pursuing its resolution through reconciliation and dialogue -- both at internal and external levels.

Interestingly, Drabu was the PDP's pointsman who worked out the draft of the agenda of alliance with the that brought the two ideologically different parties to power after the 2014 elections produced a hung Assembly.

Former Chief and National Conference leader said the move was not enough for the PDP to salvage itself from the wrongdoing of the last three years of power.

"Simply sacking the of the BJP-PDP alliance and of the agenda of alliance will not redeem the PDP for the sins of the last three years," Abdullah tweeted.

Drabu, a former editor, was known to be close to late Mufti Sayeed, father of

He plunged into in 2014 when he joined the PDP and successfully contested the Assembly elections from his home constituency in south Kashmir's district.

He was the of the from 2005 to 2010.

He was the economic to the state during the PDP-coalition that came to power after the 2002 elections.

Drabu began his career in 1990 when he was appointed with the of the He was also a to the Minister and finally with the 10th

He also served as a to the

Drabu had earlier too been caught up in controversy when in March 2014 Yaseen Malik, a militant-turned-separatist politician, said the was an to his group in the early 1990s when it started an insurgency in



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 20:38 IST