‘Disgruntled’ Baig Made PDP Patron, Joins Party Meet

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SRINAGAR — The attempts of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to mollify disgruntled Lok Sabha member of the party Muzaffar Hussain Baig bore fruit on Monday as the two leaders jointly chaired a meeting of the party here.

“Senior leaders of the party today (Monday) met under the chairmanship of party President @MehboobaMufti and Muzzafar Hussain Beigh Sahab,” the PDP said on its Twitter handle soon after the meeting.

The development comes amidst rebellion in the PDP with three former MLAs having quit and rumours of many more leaders likely to desert the party ahead of the fresh assembly elections.

Meanwhile, PDP has appointed Baigh as the Patron of the party.

“On behalf of the workers, leaders and all the party functionaries we congratulate Jenab Muzzafar Hussain Beigh Sahab for his appointment as the Patron of our party, a position held earlier by our beloved leader Jenab Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Sahab,” the PDP said on its Twitter handle.

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The polls have been necessitated due to dissolution of the lower house of the state legislature by Governor Satya pal Malik on November 21.

Besides Imran Ansari and his uncle Abid Ansari, former finance minister Haseeb Drabu have resigned from the PDP following the dissolution of the assembly.

Speculations were rife that Baig, whose wife Safina Baig is the president of women’s wing of the PDP, might quit the party as he came out in public against the party leadership on November 20.

“The PDP betrayed the workers, denying them a chance to connect with the people, by boycotting the (municipal) elections. They left a vacuum and that space has now been occupied. Politics does not wait for people who boycott,” Baig said last month.

Baig said he was not consulted when the party took the decision to boycott the local bodies polls.

“I was in Delhi, just a phone call away. I remained quiet because I did not want the PDP to fall as under,” he said.

Mehbooba had a meeting with Baig amidst uncofirmed reports that he would be made party patron.

Ex-MLA Abbas Resigns From PDP

 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former MLA Tangmarg, Abbas Wani on Monday resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to a local news agency, KNS, Wani tendered his resignation from the basic membership of the party. Wani has sent a letter in this regard to PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti.

Wani’s resignation comes days after former finance minister Haseeb A Drabu and former MLA Zadibal, Abid Ansari left the party.

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