Former minister Sayed Mushtaq Bukhari joining BJP in the presence of Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina
Former minister Sayed Mushtaq Bukhari joining BJP in the presence of Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina | Photo Credit: PTI

SRINAGAR — In a fresh development, the former minister and senior BJP leader Syed Mushtaq Bukhari on Tuesday urged members of the Pahari community to vote for Mehbooba Mufti in the ongoing Lok Sabha election.

The Anantnag-Rajouri Parliamentary seat is going for polls on May 7. PDP President Mehbooba Mufti is among several political leaders who are fighting elections from there.

“We are very thankful to BJP for granting reservation to Paharis. The Narendra Modi-led government shaped our future and our 30 years of struggle paid off,” Bukhari told media persons here.

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However, he cautioned members of the Pahari community to remain vigilant from the nefarious designs of those who used the Pahari community for their political gains and appealed to them to vote for PDP President Mehbooba Mufti who is contesting from the Anantnag-Rajouri seat.

“I think it is better to vote for Mehbooba Mufti as she is the only political leader who speaks for the Pahari community,” Bukhari said.

Pertinently, Syed Mushtaq Bukhari joined the BJP two months ago at the New Delhi party headquarters in the presence of senior leaders.

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