October 2019 News

PDP Leader Lashes Out At Partymen

7 October 2019
The Tribune
Arteev Sharma

Jammu: A day after Jammu-based PDP leaders deferred their meeting with party president Mehbooba Mufti, a vertical split on Monday came to the fore with former general secretary and lone MLC from Jammu region Surinder Choudhary alleging that the party delegation was 'full of land grabbers and property dealers'. Choudhary said the leaders of the delegation, who were scheduled to visit Kashmir to meet Mehbooba Mufti, did not consult anyone and had been projecting themselves as 'saviour of the PDP' in Jammu region 'to save themselves and their lands from the action of the administration'. 'It is not the PDP delegation but a delegation of land grabbers and property dealers who are associated with the party only to save themselves and their lands from the administration. They have no respect or love for the party. They want to remain in the limelight to save themselves in the name of PDP leadership. They are bringing bad name to the party,' the PDP MLC, who have good public following, told a news portal here. In a scathing attack, Choudhary alleged, 'these are the leaders who have destroyed the PDP in Jammu region and the party could not revive its old position till these leaders are not sidelined. I went to Srinagar twice since August 5, seeking a meeting with the PDP chief, but the administration did not allow me for the same'. The MLC, who unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly elections from Nowshera seat, also questioned the timing of the meeting with the PDP chief, saying 'two important festivals of Hindus-Ramnavmi and Dasehra-were there. Why did they choose these particular days? Whether they have no respect for Hindu festivals? I will not compromise with my religion and my people. I am Hindu first and then associated with the PDP'. On Sunday, a delegation of 18 Jammu-based PDP leaders had deferred their meeting with Mehbooba Mufti scheduled for Monday following the 'suggestions by the party high command'. Permission for the meeting was granted by the Administration on the request of PDP's Jammu leaders. The PDP leaders had written a letter to the Administration, saying they needed to consult their president regarding elections to the Block Development Councils (BDCs) announced by the authorities.