Bhand joins, Ratanpuri leaves NC

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/22/2019 12:53:56 PM

SRINAGAR, July 21: Former PDP leader and ex-cabinet minister in previous PDP-BJP coalition government Mohammad Khalil Bhand today joined National Conference (NC) here.
Hours after his joining, senior NC leader and former MP Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri resigned from NC.
Bhand joined NC at its headquarters in presence of party patron Dr Farooq Abdullah.
Bhand had resigned on Wednesday from PDP, citing party’s “compromise” on the basic principles of democracy. He had won Pulwama assembly seat for the PDP in the 2002, 2008 and 2014 assembly elections.
Later, Ratanpuri, former Rajya Sabha member, resigned from NC. Ratanpuri has submitted a letter to NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah.
“This is to tender my resignation from Central Working Committee, primary membership and any other position that I may be holding in the J&K National Conference. Please ask the vice president, general secretary and the two provincial presidents of Kashmir and Jammu to let my exit be as quiet and dignified as my entry was,” the letter said.
“I hope they will forget all the heated arguments and altercations I had with them all through the past ten years regularly. I realised that the only way to stop this bitterness was to quit. I expect them too to realise that nothing was and nothing is personal,” he added in his resignation letter.



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