PDP Crisis: ‘It is a family issue: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar: J&K’s new education minister Syed Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said the tensions in the party is “just a small issue in the family.” He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function that Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti presided.

“It is a family issue. Members in a family do have small issues,” Bukhari told reporters. “You can quote me for saying that we will settle it within the family.”

A day after his take over, Bukhari flew to Srinagar where he was part of the function about the high-density apple planation scheme that Ms Mufti launched. He is possibly staying back for a few days.

Earlier reporters tried to talk to Ms Mufti about the crisis that started with the resignation of two cabinet ministers but she evaded the queries. She, however, talked about the apple scheme and drove away.

Two senior cabinet ministers Syed Basharat Bukhari and Imran Ansari put in their papers on Friday after the mini-reshuffle in the cabinet. Nobody in the party was in a position to offer any idea whether the resignations are being forwarded to the governor or not. A media report had earlier suggested that Chief Minister will be sending the papers to Raj Bhawan but party leaders, mostly second rung, suggested there might be a reconciliation effort. (CNS)