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In PDP, Qayoom Wani to contest LS from Baramulla

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Jammu, Feb 2: Former Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF) president Abdul Qayoom Wani joined Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu on Saturday.

He was welcomed into the party by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and other senior leaders.

On the occasion, praising Wani’s services as a trade union leader, Mehbooba Mufti said that he has always represented the unrepresented in the power corridors of the state and remained in the forefront throughout his career to highlight the hardships faced by the state’s working class.

Mehbooba Mufti also said that Qayoom Wani will contest upcoming Lok Sabha elections as PDP candidate from Baramulla.

Wani has sought voluntary retirement from the government services and resigned from the basic membership of Jammu and Kashmir Teachers Forum (JKTF), Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC) and Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), said the report.

Wani while addressing media after joining the party, claimed it was the “vision of the PDP” that inspired him to join the party and become part of the caravan “which is striving on all fronts to get the state out of the squalid conditions and make peace and prosperity permanent in Jammu and Kashmir”.

“The Confidence Building Measures taken by the PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed like ending of the ‘Ikhwan’ era, talks with Hurriyat and opening of the Muzzafarbad route are enough to make one understand the pro-people policies of the PDP and why every peace-loving citizen of the state is duty bound to strengthen the party on ground,” Wani claimed.

He added that the basic reason for him to join the party is to strive for “fulfilling the PDP’s mission and make strenuous efforts in stopping the vicious cycle of violence which is consuming state’s younger generation with each passing day.”

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