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Loyalist then, rebels now

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As loss of power has struck a lightening blow to the Mufti family and the coterie around her, leaving them shell-shocked. The development has sprouted yet another breed of opportunists. They are celebrating the demise of the party, they claim provided the humps to build its ‘fiefdom’ at and reach to the corridors of power.

For the past ‘twenty years’ there was not a whisper of disclaimer, let alone protest, against Mehbooba Mufti and the way she led the party and the government. Mehbooba was the greatest leader for all these disgruntled leaders who would fawn at her. They would keep croaking ‘Jai ho’ in the honor of party leader. They would not feel suffocated of the ‘fetid’ odor of dynastic hegemony. Everything and anything descended from the `imperial house’ they would leap at and pledge allegiance. Any angry spot on the Caesar’s forehead, reflecting ‘disrespect’, they would envy. The loyalty to the she-boss they would adorn as a glittering halo. In grovelling capitulation they would fall asking ‘Anything more, my Lord’?

Imran Raza Ansari, the Shia leader, is very harsh in his scathing criticism of Mehbooba Mufti. The post-June ‘democratic’ coup, Ansari grabs and unleashes: ‘ There was a time when I was very close to Muftis, however, you don’t want to stay at the place where you are used. Those MLAs and leaders who have self respect have no place in PDP ’. Another........

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