Srinagar: Senior pro-India politician and former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh on Wednesday joined Sajad Gani Lone led Peoples Conference.
According to reports, Beigh joined PC today in presence of party chief Sajad Gani Lone, vice- chairman Abdul Gani Vakil, senior leaders Raja Aijaz Ali, Abid Ansari, Irfan Panditpuri, Bashir Ahmad Dar and others at his residence in Srinagar.
It is with great pleasure we announce that one of the towering leaders of the state Mr. Muzaffar Hussein Baig is now a part of the party from where he started his political journey. It is a nostalgic and a proud moment for all of us. pic.twitter.com/QuarIjWOIo
— J&K Peoples' Conference (@JKPC_) March 17, 2021
“Lone on this occasion invited Beigh to once again return home and be a part of the party from where he started his political career. He impressed upon Beigh that the need of the hour is that people like him should share their experience, expertise, knowledge and political wisdom for the betterment of J-K,” a PC spokesperson said.
He said Beigh keenly participated in the confabulations and after detailed discussion expressed his pleasure in being able to be a part of the party from where he started his political career.
Beigh said that it gave him immense pleasure to be a part of the party, which he joined as a youth and was groomed by party founder Abdul Gani Lone.
He said that in his entire public life he had causes for being happy and many causes where he was disappointed. Beigh expressed his desire to contribute by grooming youngsters and building their capacity.
“He has a very long association with our family. He also started his political career with Peoples Conference. So, as a nephew, I along with my colleagues came to meet Beigh Sahab and asked him for my right. He has given me the rights which I duly deserve,” Lone told reporters outside Beigh’s Srinagar residence.
An advocate turned politician, Beigh started his political career in late 1970s with Abdul Gani Lone’s Peoples Conference (PC). However, his political stint came to a halt when he was appointed advocate general of J&K by the then Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah in 1983, who had floated Awami National Conference, after breaking ties with National Conference (NC), a party led by his brother-in-law Farooq Abdullah.
The 73-year-old season politician was conferred the third-highest civilian award — the Padma Bhushan by Modi-led BJP government in January last year, when most of the mainstream leaders, including his own party President and two other former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar were under detention.
In November last year, Beigh, who co-founded PDP with Mufti Mohammad Sayed in 1999, resigned from the party over the seat sharing agreement with the constituents of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) for the district development council (DDC) polls.
The former J&K Dy CM had claimed that he was not consulted regarding seat sharing agreement with PAGD affiliated parties. (With PTI inputs)
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