CM told me to resume duties, Basharat Bukhari

KL News Network

SRINAGAR

Sangrama lawmaker Syed Basharat Bukhari has withdrawn his resignation and resumed his duties as state’s new Horticulture Minister. He said he had two meeting with Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti and is satisfied with that his concerns are being addressed.

“In my two meetings with the Chief Minister, I discussed the issues I had already raised in my two communications, one in January and another on Friday last,” Bukhari told Kashmir Life. “Chief Minister told me to resume so I joined.”

Bukhari said the issues that he had raised with the party leadership were about many things – the party, the governance and the tensions at various levels in the party. “I identified the issues that are disturbing the party cadres at ground and middle level,” Bukhari said. “I was told these things would be set right.”

The broadcaster turned politician who is second time lawmaker from home Sangrama constituency said the people intending to work should be permitted to work. He perhaps was referring to the frequent shifts in his responsibilities – he was law minister for 10 months and in new dispensation under Ms Mufti, he remained Revenue Minister for another 10 months. “One issue is that one stays as minister and another issue is that one should be able to work and deliver,” Bukhari said. “I am not interested in a particular portfolio but yes I should get time to deliver. I have appetite for working towards the goals which we have set for ourselves.”

Bukhari said that horticulture is not small, per se. It is a major department that is linked to major economy of the state.

Resigning within hours after a rejig in the cabinet, Bukhari had two meetings with Chief Minister. One meeting on Sunday in Srinagar and another on Monday in Jammu. Soon after he drove to his new office in the civil secretariat where he met people.

Unlike Bukhari, Imran Ansari has not given in so far. Though he also had a detailed meeting with the Chief Minister, he has flown off to Delhi on Sunday.

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