Sameer Kaul Jolt To PDP

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SRINAGAR: Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PD) faced a jolt ahead of Lok Sabha by-polls as top oncologist Dr Sameer Kaul – who was a close associate of PDP founder late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and was PDP’s Chief National Spokesperson till he resigned from the party on the party’s unholy alliance with the BJP – joined National Conference in Srinagar on Saturday.

Party President Dr Farooq Abdullah welcomed Dr Sameer Kaul into the party in the presence of NC Provincial Presidents Nasir Aslam Wani, Devender Singh Rana and State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu, an NC statement said.

While welcoming Dr Kaul to National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “the joining of Dr Sameer Kaul will further strengthen the party’s resolve to work for the dignified return of the Kashmir Pandits as also strengthen the age-old inter-community bonds of amity and brotherhood between the Kashmir Pandit and Muslim communities.”

Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed hope that Dr Kaul would work tirelessly to uphold the secular ideals of the party and work towards isolating communal and divisive forces who are working overtime to create fissures in the secular fabric of the State.

The statement said that Dr Kaul assured Dr Farooq Abdullah that under the leadership of Omar Abdullah he will continue to strive to serve the people of the State in upholding their political rights, dignity and honour keeping in mind the true aspirations of the people of the State and the principles of “Kashmiriyat”.

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