Srinagar, March 13 -- Sacked Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu this evening issued a statement to press which we are producing here as it is without any editing.

"Even as I issue this statement, I have no formal or even personal communication either from the government or from the party about my being dropped from the Cabinet on 12th of March. I stand informed by the media first as a speculation then as a fact.

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