Bukhari Led Advisory Council Mooted For J&K: Report

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Syed Altaf Bukhari – File Pic

Srinagar- Newly formed Apni Party leader Syed Altaf Bukhari is all set to be named as head of an Advisory Council for J&K.

Advisory Council, which will act as a virtual Cabinet will be announced soon, if reports emanating from New Delhi are to be believed.

Usman Majid, Vijay Bakaya, Sunil Sharma, Sunil Sethi and Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali being sworn in as early as late June, according to a report by IANS.

Quoting former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha, P.D.T. Acharya IANS report said: “The advisory council in an UT helps the LG in the day-to-day administration. The real power is vested in the LG. The head of the advisory council cannot get the power of the CM. The advisory council also cannot make laws. The Constitution allows the President to administer UT through LG, but only the Parliament has the power to make law.”

While as many as 10 to 12 members will be part of the council, its role may well be that of a Cabinet. Many former politicians from PDP, Congress and NC came on board and new Apni Party came into being with the hope that statehood will be restored. This appears to be part of a larger deal with the Centre that once the advisory council takes over the functioning of the UT, at an appropriate time the UT will be granted statehood once again, the report further claimed. “In fact, this is part of a larger deal with the state”s political class”, it added.

Quoting sources report said that Bukhari has been parked in Delhi and is likely to return to Srinagar to start consultations with party colleagues on the form and shape of the new altered polity of the UT.

Report added that many leaders of the party may get positions in the District Development Boards, and Vice Chairperson positions in the semi-autonomous corporations and boards.

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