PDP expels Altaf Bukhari from party
Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday expelled fits senior leader and former Finance Minister, Altaf Bukhari from the party.
“The Party has been watching with concern the activities of one of its leaders Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari for quite some time. Ever since the passing away of our founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed he has been perusing his personal political ambition at the cost of the Party and state interest,” it said in a statement issued here.
“Bukhari inspired and led dissent in the Party at its most crucial stage which resulted in serious damage to our efforts at implementing the agenda of Alliance of our coalition government. While the Party leadership was engaged in negotiations with its partner and the GOI insisting on implementing some agreed points before forming the new government, the dissension weakened its bargaining position forcing subsequent events against its will,” it said.
“In spite of this obvious backstabbing and subversion of people’s interest the Party leadership believed in subsequent explanations and assurances of Mr Bukhari and reposed complete trust in him by re-inducting him in cabinet,” the statement added.
“Unfortunately ever after the end of coalition, Mr Bukhari instead of pursuing party interest in accordance with the expectations of our voters and workers started open attempts at breaking the Party by hobnobbing with its rivals,” it said.
“Newspapers have been running stories almost on daily basis to create impression of Mr Bukhari being at the centre of a ‘rebellion’ brewing in the Party. The leadership waited in the hope of Mr Bukhari rejecting these reports to clear the air. But unfortunately he did nothing to remove this impression. It was therefore decided to expel Mr Bukhari from party’s basic membership with immediate effect,” the statement said.