Srinagar, Jan 28:
Former PDP Minister Altaf Bukhari, who had met Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor
G.C. Murmu along with other political leaders earlier this month, on Tuesday
denied reports that he was floating a new political party.
In a statement,
he dismissed such reports as a “figment of imagination”.
seems to have been floated with a single-minded agenda to mislead and
confuse,” a spokesperson for Bukhari said.
He said as
already informed to media, a “significant number of like-minded friends
and political colleagues are in touch with each other and in this context,
informal meetings are often convened”.
meetings are aimed at reviving the emerging political situation and should not
be misconstrued as formation of any political party.”
month, Bukhari led a group of former legislators which met Murmu in Jammu and
presented a memorandum with a list of demands for restoring political activity
in Jammu and Kashmir.
that Jammu and Kashmir cannot perpetually “mourn” the abrogation of
In an exclusive
interview with IANS, Bukhari had said the time has come to look beyond Article
370 and explore other achievable options for Jammu and Kashmir.
“The pain of
loss of Article 370 will never go, but we have to come out of it,” he
said. “Life goes on; we must try for things that we can get.”
He said the way
forward is domicile rights for residents and restoration of the statehood to
Jammu and Kashmir.