Bilal Lone likely to leave HC, to join mainstream

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 25: Separatist leader and Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Independent Movement Bilal Gani Lone is likely to switch to mainstream politics.
Lone is the son of veteran separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone who was killed at Eidgah in Srinagar and elder brother of chairman of Peoples Conference Sajjad Lone. His father was a three-time MLA before joining the separatist ranks.
A source close to the PIM said that Lone is likely to join active electoral politics soon.
The reports suggested that Lone will soon part ways with Hurriyat Conference as he has firmly decided to fight the upcoming Assembly elections from his ancestral “strong hold” North Kashmir.
The source said that Lone has decided to contest from all six assembly segments of Kupwara district – Karnah, Trehgam, Kupwara, Lolab, Handwara and Langate- whenever the elections are held.
Lone’s joining of mainstream politics will be the second major exodus of any Hurriyat leader after his brother Sajad Lone bid farewell to the separatist politics.
His joining politics will be the main challenge for his brother Sajjad Lone as it will divide the votes of the PC.
However, Lone denied joining mainstream politics but told Excelsior that since he is in politics, he is doing some political activities.