Mehbooba Mufti dissolves PDP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC)

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Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday dissolved the party’s top decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).

Speaking about the development, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Spokesperson told media, ‘Party President Mehbooba Mufti has dissolved the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) with immediate effects and a new body, PCA, will be reconstituted soon’.

PDP Spokesperson, however, revealed no reason for the dissolution of the highest-decision committee. But Sources familiar with the development claimed that sudden decision came on the backdrop when the party is in crisis with many leaders quitting the party.

The move to dissolve the top decision-making comes ahead of the party’s 20th foundation day anniversary scheduled to be observed on July 28. It is expected that the party may constitute the new body of the party.

Earlier this week, giving a major jolt to PDP, Founding PDP member Mohammed Khalil Bandh resigned from the primary membership of the party. In a letter to the party president, Bandh stated that he has “upended after the demise of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.”

Those who have left the PDP, after its poll setback, include Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Altaf Bukhari, Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, and Abbas Wani. All five leaders are the former legislators of the party.

In the national polls, PDP suffered a huge setback and lost all 6 Lok Sabha Seats in Jammu and Kashmir with Mehbooba Mufti lost the polls from her home turf Anantnag Lok Sabha Seat. The party managed to secure 2.4 percent vote share in the national polls.

It should be noted the Parliament on July 2 gave its nod to the extension of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Replying on a debate in Rajya Sabha on the resolution for extension of President’s rule, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that his government at Centre is not interested in ruling the state from Delhi and Assembly polls will be decided by the Election Commission. 

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