Drabu sacking: Central BJP may meet J and K leaders

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"We are trying to find our own space and we are going through a process which many other countries are also going through", Drabu was quoted.

Independent leader and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday have asked NC and PDP to stop befooling masses by crying that J&K dispute is a political issue.

However, according to reports, Ms Mufti seemed to have developed "dislike" for Mr Drabu and now after his controversial remarks - that Kashmir problem is not political but social - he was dropped by the Chief Minister.

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"While I understand and accept the decision of the party, to talk to media before talking to me, was painful. I was not accorded the opportunity to explain the context and the content of my speech", he said on Tuesday in a statement issued "to put the record straight".

In a statement, he said: "The decision to drop me did come as a surprise, but the manner and method of communicating it what was shocking".

Further clarifying on the speech, Drabu stated that "My speech focused on the role of civil society in resolving the issue of Kashmir". His exact words were, "Don't see Jammu and Kashmir as a conflict state and political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now".

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However, politics in Jammu and Kashmir is nothing if not full of surprises - after all, didn't the "nationalist" BJP join hands with the "pro-separatist" (an oft-mentioned charge) PDP for the sake of power in J&K? "I stand informed by the media first as a speculation, then as a fact", Drabu said. But Drabu did promise that he'd continue working for his constituency Rajpora in the Pulwama district.

"Nor does it dent its image".

"As for my understanding of the political ideology of PDP, it is based on my drafting of various election manifestoes, the aspirational agenda, and the all-important Self Rule document, which Mufti Sahib involved me in", he said. "It is a setback to the alliance", the BJP leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. He said the "unflinching confidence" that Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) always reposed in him and the relationship of trust that "we shared, is my source of strength" to endure this situation.

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Drabu revealed that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had even refused to take his call. It is an internal matter of the PDP.

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