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Kashmir's entangled politics 'splits' Ansari clan
12/6/2018 11:13:56 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 6: An interesting situation in Kashmir's political landscape is being witnessed at present, putting Chacha and Bateeja at loggerheads with each other.
A Shia cleric and politician Imran Ansari recently deserted PDP and joined People's Conference led by former minister Sajad Lone. Imran had been heading the rebel group within the PDP soon after the BJP toppled the government in the state on June 19.
Since then, Imran has been ridiculing the PDP leadership especially its president Mehbooba Mufti for all the wrongs that happened within the coalition. He was primarily aided by his uncle Abid Ansari who was then the PDP MLA from Srinagar's Zadibal constituency. The duo was claiming to have the support of at least 18 PDP MLAs and predicted an emergence of the third front.
Imran finally bid adieu to the PDP and announced that he will contest the next elections as a candidate from the People's Conference.
However, what is emerging as a shock of life for Imran is that his own uncle is no longer with him.
On Thursday, Abid Ansari said in a statement that he still is a PDP man and that he is yet to bid adieu to the party against which he upped the ante after fall of government in June this year.
"No, I haven't joined the People's Conference. I am in the PDP. Neither have I left the party nor has PDP ousted me till date. I am still a PDP man," Abid said.
This former legislator who contested on a PDP ticket in Srinagar's Zadibal constituency and won against NC's sitting MLA Peer Afaq in 2014 polls says he is constantly in touch with his workers and is seeking feedback from them about the future coarse of action.
"I keep discussing the present political logjam with my workers and activists. I respect their opinion and whatever suggestions they propose ahead of the coming polls will be duly accepted by me. I wouldn't contradict their views," Abid said.
Meanwhile, what is shocking is the fact that Abid Ansari was the first person who spoke against the PDP and that too at the time when his nephew Imran Ansari was tight-lipped.
In March 2017, this former PDP legislator Abid Ansari coined the slogan 'Akhter Hataw, party bachaw'. He even predicted that party may lose elections in central Kashmir and won't have a cakewalk in south Kashmir too if PDP spokesman Naeem Akhter continues to rule the roost.
Terming then minister, Akhtar, a paratrooper in the party, Abid had castigated the approach through which people without merit were accorded the vital positions in the government while the deserving ones are left in lurch.
Abid had accused Akhter of 'ruining the PDP and earning bad name to the government by bizarre diktats and autocratic approach.'
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