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Not Apni Party, NC, PDP are B-team of BJP, says Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar, August 1

The Jamp;K Apni Party, a new entrant to the political arena of the Union Territory, is not a B-team of the BJP or the “King’s party” as described by political rivals, like the National Conference (NC) and the PDP, but an outfit which has no history of being a dynasty, its chief Altaf Bukhari said on Sunday.

Altaf Bukhari, Apni Party Lader

They want monopoly on power

Whenever anybody other than these families (NC, PDP) go to Delhi, they call them agents of Delhi. They bully only to ensure they retain their monopoly in Jamp;K.

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“In fact, when the words like King’s party and B-team were coined, I simply laughed. The NC enjoyed power with the BJP from 1999 and the PDP had an alliance with the BJP post 2014 Assembly polls and my party has been given such names. In other words, they are the actual B-team of the BJP,” Bukhari, a businessman-turned-politician, said.

With people queuing up at his office for various work, Bukhari took a dig at the NC as well as the PDP and said it seemed that those parties didn’t like anyone other than their family members to meet people in Delhi.

“People will have to really expose these state actors who are just to retain their hold on power, and want to create doubts about anybody who is new to politics,” Bukhari, who was a minister in the governments led by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti, said.

Bukhari, who along with some leaders formed the JKAP in March 2020, said the party is new and “we all are trying to emerge on the political scene of the UT with changed realities”.

“Just because I went to Delhi and met the Prime Minister to discuss the release of people from jails, allay fears of any demographic change and ensure there is no loss of jobs and land…why are they (the NC and PDP) crying on that. They think it is their hereditary right to meet people in the power corridors in Delhi,” he said.— PTI

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