Srinagar, Mar 4:
Stage is all set for the launch of a brand new political party to fill
the vacuum created by the detention of the top leadership post abrogation of
Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Party”, it will be launched by the former finance minister and ex-PDP MLA Syed
Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in Srinagar on Sunday. Some of the former MLAs from
Congress and PDP will be part of the new political party
Those tipped to
be part of Apni Party include, former PDP legislators, Dilwar Mir, Javaid
Beigh, Noor Muhammad Shiekh, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Abdul Majeed Paddar and Abdul
Raheem Rather. Ghulam Hassan Mir of Democratic Party Nationalist is also likely
to join the new front.
development, Bukhari told The Kashmir Monitor that his team has framed the
constitution and they will launch the party on Sunday.
“This week the
party will be launched. Leaders will meet on March 7 and then a formal public
announcement will be made on Sunday,” he said.
Last week, the
party members decided to finalize the constitution before announcing the launch
date in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bukhari said Apni
Party will have a mix of experience and youth.
“The party is
open to everyone. We will not include any candidate on the basis of his
experience or background. Our party will have senior political leaders as well
as new faces,” he said.
Sources said Apni
Party’ will work as a third front to resume political activities in Kashmir at
a time when three former chief ministers and other major political leaders are
booked under Public Safety Act.
Bukhari, a former
PDP Minister, has been busy in garnering the support of those political
leaders, who were not arrested or released after a brief detention. Sources
said he recently met BJP National General Secretary, Ram Madhav in Gulmarg.
Earlier he had met European Ambassadors in Srinagar.
“Our party will
raise issues like providing domicile right over land and jobs, the release of
political leadership and protecting J&K Bank’s autonomy,” he said.