PDP leader Basharat Bukhari resigns from J&K cabinet

Jammu, Feb 17 (IANS) Apparently irked over change of his portfolio, senior Peoples Democratic Party leader Basharat Bukhari on Friday resigned from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet.

Chief minister Mufti on Friday re-inducted Altaf Bukhari, legislator from Amira Kadal, into her Council of Ministers.

Consequent upon the induction of Altaf Bukhari, who has been assigned the education portfolio, Basharat Bukhari was assigned the horticulture portfolio.

Basharat Bukhari held relief, rehabilitation and revenue portfolio till the reshuffle.

Mufti has now assigned relief, rehabilitation and revenue portfolio to A.R. Veeri, who held the public works portfolio rrlier.

Basharat Bukhari confirmed that he has sent resignation letter to the Chief Minister, detailing the reasons behind his decision to quit.

Basharat Bukhari represents the north Kashmir Sangrama constituency in the 87-member state legislative assembly.

There has been no word so far from the Chief Minister’s Office on if the resignation has been accepted.