Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari challenged the entrenched autocracy of traditional political families in Jammu and Kashmir, asserting the party’s inclusive stance as he welcomed new members into its fold.
Addressing an event at the party headquarters in Srinagar, Bukhari highlighted the oppressive legacy of political autocracy post-1947, emphasizing that Apni Party stands out for its non-affiliation with any political dynasty.
“Our party doesn’t belong to any political family. It’s the party of the masses,” stated Bukhari, extending a warm welcome to the new entrants from north Kashmir’s Pattan and Wagoora constituencies.
Asserting the need for the LG Administration to release detainees and ensure peaceful lives, Bukhari reiterated demands for the restoration of statehood and prompt elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Lamenting the self-serving tactics of traditional parties, Bukhari remarked, “Our older generation fought against the autocracy of the Dogra regime pre-1947. Unfortunately, the leaders they trusted began their own autocracy and family rule here post-47.”
He underscored Apni Party’s commitment to the people, condemning the misleading slogans of other parties and their failure to protect fundamental rights.
“Our party emerged post-August 2019 to protect democratic rights during times of distress,” Bukhari declared, promising to safeguard the rights of the people and push for their empowerment.
The event saw the induction of prominent leaders, workers, and activists from Pattan and Wagoora constituencies into Apni Party, showcasing the party’s growing influence beyond traditional strongholds.
Among those joining from Pattan were Bashir Ahmad Wani, Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh, and Mohammad Ashraf, while new entrants from Wagoora included Abdul Qayoom Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Malla, and Abdul Rashid Rather, among others.
With this inclusive approach, Apni Party aims to redaefine Jammu and Kashmir’s political landscape, breaking free from entrenched autocracy and ushering in a new era of democratic representation and progress.