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Come Sunday,`Apni Party’ will debut in J&K

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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.

Named “Apni 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.  

Confirming the 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.