Independent MP from Ladakh joins UPA

May 18th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, May 18 (IANS) The independent MP from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir Monday joined the National Conference bringing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) tally to 263 in the newly elected Lok Sabha.
Ghulam Hassan Khan, who fought against the Congress candidate in Ladakh, announced his decision to return to the National Conference at a news conference here.

Khan, a veteran National Conference leader from Kargil district in the cold desert region of the state, had rebelled to fight the Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate.

The National Conference had given the Ladakh constituency to the Congress under a seat sharing agreement between the two ruling partners in the state.

“I am grateful to Khan sahib for unconditionally accepting the invitation of the National Conference and the Congress high command,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said.

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, elected to the parliament from Srinagar constituency, was also present at the news conference.

With Khan joining the National Conference, the party has four MPs from the state and the Congress two.

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