Two top PDP leaders join National Conference


Two top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders Basharat Bukhari and Peer Muhammad Hussain on Wednesday formally joined the National Conference in Srinagar.

Former minister and senior PDP leader Basharat Bukhari formally joined National conference in presence of Chief Patron of NC Dr. Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah on December 19, 2018.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

PDP had expelled Peer Muhammad Hussain and former minister Syed Bashrat Bukhari from the party’s basic membership on charges of anti-party activities on Tuesday late evening.

Bukhari was a very important member of the PDP who fought three elections on the party ticket. He also served in the cabinet of ministers.

Peer Hussain was a former legislator from Shangas constituency in south Kashmir and has also served as Vice Chairman of Wakf Board before leaving the office midway following the controversy with PDP leadership earlier this year.

Bukhari and Peer joined NC in the presence of NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah.

Both the politicians were running controversies within the party. Peer Hussain, one of the founding members of the PDP, was not happy over his gradual phasing out by none other than his own son-in-law in the party. Bukhari, whom Mufti Sayeed had taken from the popular Radio Kashmir programme Sheharbeen, also faced “interesting” moments while serving as a minister. His portfolio was changed many times and he once resigned and was later negotiated back to his berth.

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