Jammu: Veteran Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mangat Ram Sharma, on Sunday joined opposition PDP along with his son Subash Sharma.
Sharma joined the PDP in the presence of party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here.
Addressing a function to welcome Sharma and his son, Mufti said that it was matter of satisfaction that PDP, in a short span of time, has emerged as strong political force in the state as well as a “credible voice” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mufti said that PDP’s “agenda of the peace and development was now seen positively not just in Kashmir valley but in Jammu and Ladakh regions, as well where also it was welcomed as a serious political force with credibility and established credentials in governance and political acumen”.
Mufti said that joining a political stalwart like Mangat Ram Sharma was a “clear indication said that after Kashmir Valley, people of Jammu and Ladakh were also treating PDP as their real voice because leadership of this party has earned credibility of people by its convictions and commitments.”
Terming joining of Mangat Ram Sharma as big boost for the party, Mufti said that he has long association with the former. “We were colleagues in the government of Mir Qasim and we worked in the previous PDP-Congress government”, he said and hoped that with his joining PDP would be further strengthened in the state.
Senior PDP leaders S Rangil Singh, Ved Mahajan, Ch Hamid, Arshad Malik, Guru Prasad, S Surender Singh, Vinod Gupta, Rajeev Gupta, Devender Chalotra and others were present on the occasion.