In a major political development, a veteran politician and former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig on Wednesday returned to the Peoples Conference after a gap of more than three decades.
Baig, who had played a key role in the formation of Peoples Conference in the late seventies, re-joined the party in presence of PC chief Sajad Gani Lone and others at his residence in Srinagar.
Baig’s joining has come as a major booster for PC, as it is expected to strengthen the party in Kashmir Valley especially the Baramulla district, where he has political clout.
“The relations between PC and Baig warmed up after the former supported Safeena Baig during the DDC chairperson elections held last month,” sources privy to the development said.
Baig, who served as deputy chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, had parted ways with PDP in November 2020 over its seat-sharing arrangement with National Conference in DDC polls.
In the DDC elections in November- December last year, PC emerged as the single largest party in Kupwara and Baramulla by respectively winning five and three seats.
Baig has twice represented the Baramulla Assembly segment before he was elected as a member of parliament in 2014.
Sources disclosed that more political leaders from different parts of J&K are likely to join PC in the next few weeks.
“The biggest advantage for PC is that it has a presence in almost every segment of north Kashmir. This electoral advantage seems to be favouring PC,” they said.