Sajjad Ghani Lone
Former Spokesperson of People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration
In office
24 October 2020 – 19 January 2021
Succeeded byMohammed Yousuf Tarigami
Member in J&K Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2015 - 2018
Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Science & Technology
In office
April 2016 – 19 june 2018
Preceded byGovernor's rule
Succeeded byGovernor's rule
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Science & Technology
In office
1 March 2015 – 7 January 2016
Personal details
Born (1967-03-10) 10 March 1967 (age 54)
Handwara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Political partyJammu and Kashmir People's Conference
Spouse(s)
Asma Khan Lone
(m. 2000)
Children2 sons
Parent(s)Abdul Gani Lone (father)
RelativesShabnam Ghani Lone (sister)
ResidenceHandwara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
EducationBachelor of Commerce

Sajjad Gani Lone (born 1967) is an Indian politician,[1] and former Member of the Legislative Assembly elected from the Handwara constituency. He is the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference.

Early and personal life

Sajjad Lone was born on 9 December 1966.[2] Sajjad Ghani Lone is the youngest son of Abdul Ghani Lone, who was killed in a rally in Srinagar in 2002.[3] He has a sister, Shabnam Ghani Lone, who is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.[4][5][6] He attended Burn Hall School in Srinagar and graduated from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, UK in 1989.[2]

Sajjad Ghani Lone is married to Asma Khan, daughter of the Pakistan-based pro-independence JKLF leader Amanullah Khan.[7][8][9] They have two sons.

Career

After the assassination of his father, Lone became the chairman of People's Conference.[10] In the 2009 Indian general election he stood as an independent candidate in Baramulla.[11][12] He was defeated by the National Conference candidate Sharifuddin Shariq.[13]

Sajjad Gani Lone speaking at the book launch of "Gilgit Baltistan and its Saga of Unending Human Rights Violations" by Alok Bansal. (Also pictured is Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP and Lt Gen Ata Hasnain).
Sajjad Gani Lone speaking at the book launch of "Gilgit Baltistan and its Saga of Unending Human Rights Violations" by Alok Bansal. (Also pictured is Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP and Lt Gen Ata Hasnain).

In 2014 Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly election, he was called out by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for supporting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sajjad Lone won Handwara in north Kashmir in the state assembly elections, by a margin of more than 5000 votes.[14] In the 2014 state election, Lone was elected as MLA of Handwara, one of two People's Conference candidates elected to the state legislative assembly in that election. His party JKPC led in all blocks of Handwara constituency including Rajwar, Ramhal and Magam.

Opposition to the revocation of special status

Sajad Gani Lone has been vocal supporter of special status of Jammu & Kashmir. He was part of an-all party group formed for safeguarding Jammu and Kashmir's special status. Hours before BJP-led centre revoked the special status of the status by reading down the Article 370, Lone was put under house arrest. On 5 August, Lone was arrested by Jammu & Kashmir police and lodged in a jail in Srinagar. He was taken into police custody on 5 August 2019 and was freed from detention on 31 July 2020.[citation needed]

Recognition

References

  1. ^ "Lone threat to Muftis and Abdullahs".
  2. ^ a b "Sajjad Gani Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". Elections in India. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  3. ^ Thakur, Sankarshan (12 May 2009). "Off boycott coldstore, on steep uphill". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Sibling rivalry: Farooq, Lone face stiff opposition from sisters".
  5. ^ "Shabnam Lone".
  6. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010702/main7.htm
  7. ^ "A marriage of convenience".
  8. ^ "Big guns gather for Lone son's wedding".
  9. ^ "Sajjad Lone's passport application in limbo".
  10. ^ "Thousands rally to remember Ghani Lone". Daily Times. Media Times. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  11. ^ Blakely, Rhys (13 May 2009). "Tension in Kashmir as separatist leader Sajjad Lone stands in election ". Times Online. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  12. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/sajjads-switchover/article314783.ece[bare URL]
  13. ^ "NC-Cong alliance sweeps J-K, Sajjad Lone defeated". The Hindu. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  14. ^ "Election Results: Sajjad Lone, Former Separatist With Pakistani Wife, Wins in Kashmir".
  15. ^ "Khaleej Times profiles six Indians who have recently made a mark in their respective fields".
  16. ^ http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/sajjad-lone-among-top-6-indians/194331.html