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J&K elections: Former NC leader, 5 others join PDP

"Prominent political activist and senior NC leader from Rajpora assembly constituency in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, Abdul Ahad Tantray, joined the party at a function here," a PDP spokesman said.

Updated:October 29, 2014, 7:33 PM IST
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J&K elections: Former NC leader, 5 others join PDP
"Prominent political activist and senior NC leader from Rajpora assembly constituency in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, Abdul Ahad Tantray, joined the party at a function here," a PDP spokesman said.

Srinagar: A former senior leader of ruling National Conference and a noted doctor were among the six people who joined Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday.

"Prominent political activist and senior NC leader from Rajpora assembly constituency in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, Abdul Ahad Tantray, joined the party at a function here," a PDP spokesman said.

He said PDP president and MP Mehbooba Mufti welcomed Tantray into the party fold. Tantray, who has been associated with the NC for 37 years and worked in different capacities, was accompanied by party leader Mohammad Amin Khan and scores of supporters.

"PDP is the only party having a clear agenda for the betterment of the youth of the state," he said accusing National Conference-led government of "failure" to do anything good for the people of the state.

In another function chaired by PDP Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, medico and social worker Dr Gazzanfar Ali joined the party. Ali is the son of politician Abdul Qayoom from Charar-e-Sharief constituency in Budgam district.

Qayoom was a minister in the NC government between 1996 and 2002. Agriculture scientist Ghulam Nabi Bhat, educationist Dr Abdul Gani, Professor of Agronomy Gulzar Ahmad Wani and former deputy director Planning Ghulam Qadir Chaloo and retired agricultural officer Mohammad Abdulla Sofi also joined PDP at the function chaired by Sayeed.

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