Monday, March 19, 2018

J&K Needed Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu In Position More Than Anyone Else

The internal politics of Jammu & Kashmir cannot be explained by a single trend. Be it PDP or National Conference or the separatist Hurriyat, the stories of Abdullah or Muftis have never looked to help the growth and development of the state, rather vaguely murmured around the absurdity of Kashmiriyat.

The recent removal of J&K Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu is a ‘costlier’ mistake for PDP as well as the state in the long term forward. The sole reason behind his removal is his remark where he said, “Kashmir is not just a political issue but a social problem.. I think we have been barking up the wrong tree.” His remark has irked the PDF leadership and the eminent economist, who was also a former editor of Business Standard was removed unceremoniously.

His removal is definitely going to have significance in J&K politics. He was considered to be the main man behind PDP-BJP alliance in the state. A person who has admirers all around, Haseeb Drabu was also the economic advisor of the state after the 2002 elections and Chairman and CEO of the J&K Bank from 2005-2010.Haseeb Drabu was considered to be BJP’s man in PDP. Although he faced stiff criticism, yet he opined for applying GST in J&K.

What is the fate of PDP-BJP alliance now? Although there isn’t any imminent possibility of untimely elections, the situation is tense indeed. Especially ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019 and Assembly Elections in 2020, the ever-volatile political scenario of J&K is definitely capable of new surprises and that includes the alliances as well. Haseeb Drabu’s removal is a huge jolt to progressive ideas in the state as far as the economy is considered.

Side by side, PDP’s decision to terminate also looks lame and separatist outlook has been exposed more than ever before. From a broader point of view, BJP may have to find a new Coalition partner in the valley or else they have to rely on the whimsical leadership of J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti.