Abid Ansari Leaves PDP Red-faced

SRINAGAR: PDP leader and MLA Zadibal Abid Ansari Friday walked out of the party meeting held at the PDP headquarters here for the ongoing campaign for by-polls to protest presence of PWD minister, Naeem Akhtar.

Though Abid maintained that he has no issues with the party and its leadership, but he said that his fight is against Naeem Akhtar’s role in the party.

“I don’t have personal fight with him, but against his role in the party. Our party gets weakened and is losing public support because of him. We have to take mission of Mufti Sahab forward; he sweated in his life to make PDP strong. But due to Naeem Akhtar, our workers are getting disgruntled with the party. We don’t want to annoy our workers because of Naeem Akhtar,” Abid told KNS.

Abid has been speaking against Akhtar after the resignation of PDP leader and minister for youth services and sports Imran Ansari following a recent redistribution of ministerial portfolios.

“His presence in the party is damaging it. Naeem Sahab is not entertaining our workers. Till the issue is not resolved, I will stand by my protest. I won’t sit in the meeting which is attended by Naeem Sahab. It will be an insult to my workers,” Abid said.

Asked whether he was breaching party discipline by speaking against a senior leader and minister in public, the PDP leader said that it was not indiscipline.

“I am not speaking against the party or president. But against a person who has no contribution towards the party. I want to safeguard the party. Our slogan is: Party Bachao, Naeem ko hato.”

When asked whether he has informed the party president about his protest, he said, “it might be in the consideration of party president. And Madam has to think about the workers of the party.”

He said that other leaders in the party don’t have guts and courage to speak against him, but “privately they always speak against him”.

He said that nobody in the party has as yet proved him wrong by speaking against Naeem Akhtar. “Had I been wrong there would have been a reaction to it from the party,” he said.

Abid said, “when education ministry portfolio was taken from Naeem Akhtar, teachers celebrated the decision.”

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