Srinagar, Jan 25: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz Monday said that Sajad Lone pulled out from Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to keep the identity of his Peoples Conference Party intact.
“Sajad Lone took a correct decision for his party. Every political party is unique with separate identity. I think Sajad Lone pulled out from PAGD to keep the identity of his party intact,” Soz said.
Pertinently, People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone pulled out of the alliance recently citing the fielding of proxy candidates in the District Development Council (DDC) polls as a reason.
Lone, however, said his party was not “divorcing” from the objectives of the PAGD. “We will continue to adhere to the objectives that we set out when this alliance was made. And the PAGD leadership should be assured that we will extend support on all issues which fall within the ambit of stated objectives,” he said. “We have issued clear instructions to all party leaders not to issue any statements against the PAGD or its leaders”.
Prof. Saifuddin Soz said that every party in Kashmir has its own identity and every party be it NC, PDP or some other party want people should identify their party separately. “Sajad Lone did the same. He pulled out from the Alliance in the interest of his party,” Soz said. (KNT)