‘Not taking those leaders back who deserted party’: Mehbooba

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Mehbooba Mufti has said that she is not taking back those leaders who have deserted the party even though many of them are willing to return, PTI reported.

Dozens of senior PDP leaders including former ministers and legislators left the party after the BJP withdrew its support to the Mehbooba-led coalition government in July 2018 and most of them joined the Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari or the Peoples Conference led by Sajjad Lone.

“I have made it a principle that those who have left us will not be taken back. Many of the leaders who deserted the party are eager to return but I am not going to take them back,” the PDP leaders said addressing a function at party headquarters.

The function was organised by the PDP to welcome dozens of new entrants including supporters of Bushan Lal Dogra, a former minister who rejoined the PDP last month.

“Dogra is like my younger brother and is a thorough gentleman whom I respect the most. His case of rejoining the party is exceptional,” Mehbooba said, expressing hope that he along with other workers would work tirelessly for strengthening the party at the grass-roots level.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP-led central government, she alleged that the ruling party is using Jammu and Kashmir as a laboratory for experimenting and has destroyed the erstwhile state.

“My request to the people is to stand up to save Jammu and Kashmir. If you are able to save J-K, you will save the country. They started destruction of the country from J-K,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said.

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