Jammu and kashmir: PDP dissidents skip Mehbooba Mufti meet, party ‘confident’ three will return

Written by Bashaarat Masood , Liz Mathew | New Delhi, Srinagar | Updated: July 10, 2018 7:11:59 am

Mehbooba Mufti had visited the areas along the International Border yesterday during an extensive tour to assess the situation arising out of the cross-border shelling, which left 12 persons, including two BSF jawans, dead in the past two weeks. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

While PDP dissidents stayed away from a meeting with party president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday, party leaders have started reaching out to rebel MLAs. They expressed confidence that barring former minister Imran Raza Ansari and his uncle Abdi Ansari, the other dissidents will soon be back in the party fold.

On Monday, three rebel legislators — Abdul Majeed Padder, Javeed Ahmad Beig, and Abbass Wani — were scheduled to meet Mufti. None of them turned up at her residence.

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About the PDP rebels missing the meeting with Mehbooba Mufti, sources said most party leaders and legislators, including some dissidents, had gone to Ladoora, in Rafiabad, to pay condolences to senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari on his mother’s death, and that could be the…

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