Will fight elections in all 87 assembly seats: Sajad Lone

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People's Conference (PC) leader Imran Ansari along with party chairman, Sajad Lone, welcoming former PDP leader Abid Ansari (right) into the party. Photograph by Saide Zahoor for The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: People’s Conference (PC) Chairman Sajad Lone on Friday said that his party will fight elections in all 87 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

While speaking to the media persons in Srinagar, Lone, flanked by Imran Ansari, Junaid Mattoo, and Abid Ansari, welcomed the joining of Abid Ansari, a former PDP leader.

Both Ansaris were legislators from the PDP, which is quickly losing people, with reports of more to quit in coming days. “Let’s see who eroded the autonomy first so that it is not like those who eroded will be now claiming they will bring it back. We have to see how they made so much money also,” said Lone, while referring to recent statements of National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah.

While answering to a question over recent civilian killings in Pulwama, Lone said that whenever there is an anti-militancy operation, “security forces should look for cost and benefits of it. If you have to kill seven civilians for killing three militants, then you have to ask questions. If there is a minor with a gun, which he doesn’t know meaning of, call off the operation.”

Replying to why he quit the PDP, Abid Ansari said that he had envisaged that whatever was happening in the party was wrong, “but no one heard me.”

“I never wished to be a minister,” he added. “I only asked them to fulfill my promises, promises made to my constituency. I was told employment will be given, artisan loan will be waived off but nothing happened. A few people were saying things and no one listened to the legislators and you see how people are leaving the party now.”

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