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Taj Mohiuddin, Shoiab Lone likely to join hands with Azad


SRINAGAR: Former Minister Taj Mohiuddin and former MLA Shoiab Nabi Lone are likely to join a yet-to-be-launched political party of former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Sources said that Taj, who had represented the Uri assembly segment twice, would unveil his future plans today. “He will address a press conference today at 4:30 pm at his Gupkar residence,” they said.

Taj won the 2002 and 2008 elections from the Uri assembly segment and was a minister in both the PDP-Congress and NC-Congress coalitions.

In the last assembly election, he stood in the third position from the Uri segment with Muhammad Shafi Uri defeating Raja Aijaz Ali. According to sources, former MLA Shoiab Nabi Lone is also in talks with loyalists of Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“He may also join Azad-led camp,” they said. Banking on the sympathy wave after the assassination of his father, Shoiab won a 2006 by-election from the Sangrama assembly segment but lost the 2008 and 2014 elections to Syed Basharat Bukhari. In 2020, he lost the DDC election to Irfan Hafiz Lone from his native area.


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