Sameer Showkin Lone
Srinagar: All seems not well at the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s secretariat as the trusted man of her father and former chief minister late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Prof Amitabh Mattoo has quit as the political advisor of Mehbooba Mufti.
The noted academic, Mattoo had served as an advisor to Sayeed till his death in January this year. He was again appointed advisor with the status of a cabinet minister in April, after Mufti’s daughter Mehbooba Mufti took over as the first woman chief minister of the state.
However, in just seven months of time working with Mehbooba, Matoo has felt it is the time to call it a day working with Mehbooba’s style of politics.
Matoo, however, has said there is no political or administrative reason for my decision to step down. There was also no official word about his resignation and it wasn’t even clear if the CM has accepted his resignation.
“I have resigned as I feel I need more time to devote to academics. Politics has never been my career or ambition. I also genuinely believe I can serve the people of my country and state better by continuing my academic journey. Kindly don’t try to attribute any political motive to my decision,” he has said.
But the sudden resignation of Matoo from the J&K government opens the curtains of crisis in the government and hints that all is not going well. Sources disclosed that Matoo was not happy with Mehbooba’s style of politics especially about the handling of the current uprising in Kashmir Valley and BJPs dominant role in some sensitive decision makings.
Matoo, who has formerly served as Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University, according to his close aides will be leaving for Australia in a few days to pursue a career in academics. (PTK)