In another setback to the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, a former minister in her cabinet Syed Basharat Bukhari and former legislators Peer Mansoor Hussain and Khursheed Alam on Monday joined the Sajal Lone led Peoples Conference (PC).
The three legislators were close lieutenants of Mehbooba when she was chief minister, however Basharat Bukhari, who was a minister in the PDP-BJP cabinet, got offended when in a bid to appease Altaf Bukhari ( who is now leader of the J&K Apni Party) she virtually sidelined him. After leaving PDP, he first joined the National Conference which he deserted a few days ago.
Mansoor Hussain and Khursheed Alam were also close to Mehbooba.
Welcoming Basharat Bukhari, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain and Khursheed Alam into the party fold, People’s Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone said that PC will immensely benefit from their experience in politics and public life.
Lone described the three leaders as “experienced and mass-based politicians” who will, in the coming decades, play a pivotal role and contribute to the politics and welfare of J&K.
“Their political acumen and experience will immensely benefit the party. I am hopeful that these leaders will continue to work for the cause of people and help navigate them through these extraordinary and troubled times”, he said.
On the occasion, these leaders maintained that “It is a matter of satisfaction that the Peoples Conference is emerging as a strong political force in J&K. they will work alongside the party’s rank and file in ensuring that the party’s flag flies high across all regions of J&K,” said Bukhari.
While speaking on the occasion Peer Mansoor Hussain emphasized on bringing J&K out of the situational uncertainty and turmoil.
“We will tirelessly carry forward the legacy of the party and implement its vision for peace, dignity, development and prosperity of J&K”, he said. Khursheed Alam also expressed his pleasure on joining the Peoples Conference.