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Fallout with PDP, Altaf Bukhari to float his own political party in J&K

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Former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Altaf Bukhari is likely to float a new political organisation in the state as it grapples under the impact of Article 370 abrogation. An announcement is likely to be made in a day or two. Bukhari was part of the PDP Cabinet in the state.

Altaf Bukhari with Mehbooba Mufti

Bukhari, who has remained silent on the matter says that “you just wait, it will be in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Sources confirmed to groundreport.in a new political party will be formed. “Many leaders from other parties are going to join this party. Young professionals, lawyers, social activists will also be part of our new group. We have formed a committee to draft the constitution of the new party,” a person familiar with the development said.

Those close to Bukhari said that he is currently in the process of intense discussion with his colleagues and supporters about the new political platform.

Many senior leaders want them to consider the option of rebuilding the PDP before creating a new platform. If he wishes, the new office-bearers can be elected by calling a meeting of the leaders of the PDP, but he has reportedly denied this option.

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Bukhari has also met the PDP’s mentor Muzaffar Hussain in this matter recently. Baig has criticized Mehbooba’s policies several times during the past few months, holding her responsible for the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir. It is being told that Bukhari wants Baig to support him.

Altaf Bhukhari was expelled by the PDP last month after he along with his party colleagues met a delegation of foreign envoys and diplomats in Srinagar. He had also praised the Modi government for ensuring no loss of life in the Kashmir Valley after the revocation of Article 370 and 35A in August.

On January 9, the PDP expelled eight party leaders — Dilawar Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Zaffar Iqbal, Abdul Majeed Padroo, Raja Manzoor Khan, Javaid Hussain Baig, Qamar Hussain, Abdul Rahim Rather besides Shah Mohammad Tantray — two days after they met the Lt Governor under the leadership of former party leader Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari.

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Shah Mohammad Tantray then resigned from the primary membership of PDP, citing his unhappiness with it over “unnecessary expulsions” of leaders for meeting Lt Governor G C Murmu.

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