Bukhari expelled, may form own party

Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Jan 19: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today expelled its senior leader and former Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari from the party for “anti-party activities”.
The PDP took to its twitter account to reveal the senior leader has been expelled from the basic membership of the party.
“Party toady expelled Altaf Bukhari from the party for his anti party activities. Party has been watching with concern the activities of Altaf Bukhari for quite some time and thereby stands expelled from the basic membership of the party,” read the tweet.
Bukhari, in a statement, said that he is happy with the party decision. He said: “While I am happy over the party’s decision but the reasons given for my expulsion are debatable”.
“During my journey of active politics I have witnessed agreements and disagreements, gratification and obstructions, brewing resentment and misguided notions. Power and position have never been an allurement for me as the history bears a testimony to that fact. During this brief stint of my active politics, I also got a chance to witness the downfall of so called popular leaders and rise of those who were hitherto unknown in the arena of politics. I am also equally happy for this decision of the party as my conscience is clean and I never compromised on my principles. I wish the J&K PDP all the very best!” he said.
“It has been a long association with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) especially with its founder late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahib. My association with this party has been enriching in many ways. It not only gave me a chance to work for my constituency but provided me an opportunity to contribute my bit in development across the nook and corner of the State”.
There were serious difference between Bukhari and the party leadership. In the last meeting of the party, he attended, he had criticized the top leadership.
The difference came to the fore recently when Bukhari in his statement, supporting former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statement against Coalition Governments in Jammu and Kashmir. They party immediately issued a statement saying that it was his personal opinion and not party position.
Sources said that Bukhari may form his own party and he is already in touch with several political leaders.