Published On: Sun, Mar 8th, 2020

Altaf Bukhari launches J&K Apni party, 31 PDP, NC, Congress leaders to join

New Delhi: Former PDP leader Altaf Bukhari launched a new political formation ‘Apni Party’ in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

We are not here to sell dreams and fantasies but will always be pragmatic, honest and fair in our approach

The launch of this new outfit, the first in J&K after abrogation of Article 370 by the parliament on August 5 last is viewed as move to fill the void created by political entities like the National Conference and the PDP whose leaders are under detention under PSA.

Bukhari’s new political party is likely to be joined by at least 31 political leaders, including former ministers and MLAs from PDP, National Conference (NC) and the Congress.

After launching his political outfit, Bukhari said, “it is a very happy occasion that finally we have come up with our party known as Apni Party. It puts a lot of responsibility on us as the expectations and challenges are huge.”

He further said, “we are not here to sell dreams and fantasies but will always be pragmatic, honest and fair in our approach.”

“After August 5, a lot has changed. People are in despair, tourism is reduced to zero and local industries have closed down. In that view, challenges are very huge. It is an endeavour to see how we can restore the semblance of these things,” added Bukhari.

The party was launched especially on the occasion of International Women`s Day.

The formation of a political outfit by a former PDP leader — with the inclusion of leaders from the PDP and NC, and representation from pan Jammu and Kashmir — is viewed as the beginning of the political process in the region outside of the “family rule party system.”

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