Srinagar, Jan 19(KNB) : Former finance minister, Syed Altaf Bukhari on Saturday welcomed the decision taken by Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) of expelling him, saying that he feels that has been freed from the confinement as being in party was against his voice of conscience.
Soon after being expelled, Bukhari said “I am happy that the party has taken a decision to expel me. I feel that I have been relieved from a huge burden and I am freed from the imprisonment.”
Talking about the party’s decision Bukhari added, “I am happy that the party has taken this decision. I welcome the party’s decision and I feel I have been freed from a confinement.”
Bukhari, after the death of former Chief Minister was the candidate for Chief Minister and PDP patron Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
He was considered as the top leaders of PDP ever since he joined the party, he was inducted in the cabinet twice and served at different portfolios.
Pertinently , the political maneuvering in Jammu and Kashmir is getting momentum as various political leaders are shifting to other political parties ahead of the parliamentary and assembly elections here.
The decision of expelling him from the party would likely strengthen the third front that is currently being revived in the State.
Several leaders including Altaf Bukhari, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Ghulam Hassan Mir and Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen are among the leaders who are in talks to revive the third front.
Meanwhile, the leaders had told news agency that the third front will be reemerged in the state likely ahead of the elections. (KNB)