First Casualty: PDP Expels Rebel Sonawari Leader


SRINAGAR — Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday removed Yasir Reshi as District President for the party in north Kashmir’s Bandipora.

Reshi, who is a member of legislative council, had criticized the party leadership following the collapse of the PDP-BJP government.

In a statement today, the PDP said that the District President Baramulla, Irshad Rasool Kar will look after the party affairs of District Bandipora as well for time being.

Reshi is one of the party legislators who had accused Mehbooba Mufti of nepotism and called for an end to “family rule” in the state.

Talking to local news agency KNS, Reshi said that he did not say anything wrong against the party.

“There has to be a democracy in the party, which is my demand. Senior leaders like Muzafar Beigh, Qazi Afzal, Dilawar Mir have been sidelined. I said that family rule has to be ended in the party,” he said. 

Another disgruntled PDP leader Imran Ansari said that he was not invited by the party to meet Mehbooba. “I did not receive any invitation. Let them take action whatever they want,” Imran told KNS.

He said that he has not decided whether to join any other party if he is sacked from the party.

Imran, the former IT and Higher Education Minister has said, “PDP and the government had off late been reduced to a family opera where the brothers, the uncles, the aunties and other relatives would play protagonist and to continue with such a party was not only useless but a humiliation too.”


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