Lone skips cabinet meet

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SRINAGAR: Sajad Lone, a senior minister in Jammu and Kashmir’s PDP-BJP government, on Monday skipped the first state cabinet meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after she was sworn in on April 4.

Allotted the portfolio of social welfare department and apparently dissatisfied over this, Lone had submitted his resignation to the chief minister. It has so far not been accepted by her.

Lone, who got elected to the state legislative assembly from the Handwara constituency in 2014, was given a cabinet berth in the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government as a BJP nominee.

He held the animal husbandry department portfolio in Mufti Muhammad Sayeed government that lasted for 10 months till Sayeed passed away in New Delhi on January 7.

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