Former NC MP Mohammad Shafi Bhat dead

SRINAGAR:  Senior National Conference leader and former MP Mohammad Shafi Bhat died at his residence here today after prolonged illness, officials said.

Bhat was 71 and had been suffering from illness for the past few years.

He breathed his last at his Tulsibagh official residence this morning and he was later laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Rajbagh locality of uptown Srinagar, the officials said.

A law graduate, Bhat joined National Conference decades ago and got elected to the Lok Sabha on the party ticket from Srinagar parliamentary constituency in 1989.

Bhat represented Amirakadal Assembly constituency of Srinagar on National Conference ticket in 1996.

However, he parted ways with the party and joined Congrerss ahead of 2002 Assembly polls.

He contested the election from Amirakadal constituency on Congress ticket and retained the seat.

In 2008 Assembly polls, he filed nomination papers as independent candidate after National Conference denied him mandate from Amirakadal.

He, however, later withdrew in favour of party candidate Nasir Aslam Wani and returned to the party fold, National Conference sources said.

Prior to joining National Conference, Bhat had held various top positions of the High Court Bar Association, Srinagar.

His daughter Hina Shhafi Bhat is the state vice president of BJP’s Mahilla Morcha. She joined BJP prior to the Assembly polls in 2014. (AGENCIES)