Former chief Prof Abdul Gani Bhats statement that UN resolutions on Kashmir are not practicable and that separatists should join hands with mainstream political parties on a common minimum political agenda has pushed the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference to the verge of a split.
Nayeem Khan and Shabir Ahmad Shah,both members of the Executive Council,the factions highest decision-making body,have not only castigated Bhat but also questioned chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooqs silence.
Mirwaiz,former chairman Moulana Abass Ansari and senior leader Bilal Gani Lone were on the stage when Bhat made the remarks while addressing a gathering at his native Botingoo village on Sunday.
Some of his comrades,however,were not that impressed.
UN resolutions are the basis of the Kashmir issue and there is consensus on that within the Hurriyat. The accidental leadership cannot take crucial decisions by standing up and saying whatever they wish to say, said Khan.
Shah echoed him. I have listened to this speech minute by minute. Why only him,Mirwaiz sahib was also present there, he told The Indian Express.
We are meeting on Tuesday. We will see what the Hurriyat constitutions says and what he (Bhat) is saying. That will be decided tomorrow and I will talk about it only after that, he said.
While the faction has convened a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fallout of Bhats statement,sources said,some leaders will call for Bhats expulsion and threaten to part ways if he is not shown the door.
Mirwaiz,meanwhile,said Bhats view is not Hurriyats stand.