The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday expelled former J&K minister Basharat Bukhari and senior leader Peer Mohammad Hussain from the party. The party also removed another senior leader from Jammu region, Mehboob Iqbal, from the post of party general secretary.
Bukhari and Hussain were expelled a day before they were supposed to join the National Conference (NC).
“Yes, they (Bukhari and Hussain) have been expelled for anti-party activities,” PDP vice-president Abdul Rehman Veeri said to a newspaper. “Similarly, Mehboob Iqbal has been removed as party general secretary for his activities. A decision about his future will be taken soon.”
The PDP has been battling rebellion within its ranks and at least five former legislators and several senior party leaders have parted ways with the party since the BJP walked out of the PDP-led coalition government in the state.
A two-time legislator, Bukhari, who represented Sangrama constituency in north Kashmir, was minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation during the PDP-BJP coalition government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
After Mehbooba Mufti took over as the chief minister, he was given the less sought after Horticulture Ministry. Bukhari joining the NC had been on the cards for quite some time now.