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Former PDP leaders Basharat Bukhari, Peer Hussain join National Conference

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Srinagar: Former senior Peoples Democratic Party leaders Syed Basharat Bukhari and Peer Muhammad Hussain on Wednesday joined the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.

Bukhari, a senior PDP leader and a former cabinet minister in Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP government and Hussain, an ex-Wakf Board chairman were expelled by PDP on Tuesday for  their ‘anti-party activities’

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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