Barring two, Drabu’s colleagues maintain silence, mute over his dismissal


Jammu, Barring two separate comments made by two lawmakers, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) remained mute over the sacking of their colleague, former finance minister, Haseeb Drabu.
Sajad Lone, a minister in the ruling dispensation, said that the statement made by his colleague has been quoted out of context.
“The statement of my colleague and friend @ HaseebDrabu, brutally quoted out of context. In wonderment how our journalists report@ JKNC_ out with the knives could be victims of the same brutal reportage. Grandstanding will only encourage this menace,” he tweeted.
“Kashmir issue is a sum of many parts. That I believe is the crux of what@ HaseebDrabu expressed in his speech. This is after reading the speech that he delivered,” Sajad wrote in his another tweet.
Sajad represents his Peoples Conference in the state council of ministers on BJP quota. With the exit of Drabu, the PDP has been left with 13 ministers- 11 in the cabinet including the chief minister and two junior ministers while the BJP has 11 ministers including eight in the cabinet (including Sajad) and three ministers of state.
Opposition leader in the state legislative assembly and the working president of National Conference, Omar Abdullah, in his tweet commented, “His PHDCCI speech cost him dearly. Will be interesting to see who replaces him in the finance department.”
Yet in another tweet, he commented, “simply sacking the architect of the BJP-PDP Alliance of Agenda (AoA) will not redeem the PDP for the sins of last three years.”
During Congress- PDP alliance in 2002, Drabu was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor by the then chief minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. He was subsequently appointed as the chairman and chief executive officer of Jammu and Kashmir Bank. He, however, became the finance minister, after being elected from Rajpora constituency, when late Mufti inducted him in the council of ministers in 2015. After Mufti’s demise on January 7, 2016, Drabu continued to retain his portfolio in new dispensation led by Mhbooba Mufti.
Regretting, PDP lawmaker representing Baramulla assembly constituency, Javed Baig, said that Drabu was not given enough time to explain his position.
“Our party ought to have offered him (Drabu) an opportunity and sufficient time to explain his position on the speech. It appears the decision has been taken in haste and under pressure from different quarters,” he told media.
While reacting to his sacking, former finance minister said it was shocking and painful, the way he was informed about his removal. He said he was not given an opportunity to explain context and comment of his speech at PHDCCI conference that led to his dismissal.
Referring to his speech, Drabu said he tried to make the point that Kashmir was not only a political issue to be resolved by the successive governments at the Centre and the state but there were social issues that needs to be addressed at the level of civil society.
Bearing no ill will against anyone, Drabu thanked the chief minister for reposing trust in him which helped the government to launch many pioneering initiatives in the specific area of public expenditure management and having provided him an opportunity to contribute to his best of ability in achieving late Mufti’s vision of ameliorating the saddening situation in the state.