Sajjad Gani Lone

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Sajjad Gani Lone (born 1967) is a Kashmiri politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly elected from the Handwara constituency.

Early and personal life[edit]

Sajjad Lone is the youngest son of Abdul Ghani Lone, who was killed in a rally in Srinagar in 2002.[1] He has a sister, Shabnam Lone, who is a lawyer practising in the Supreme Court of India.[2][3][4]

Sajjad Lone is married to Asma Khan, daughter of the Pakistan-based pro-independence JKLF leader Amanullah Khan.[5] They have two sons.

Career[edit]

After the assassination of his father, Lone became the chairman of People's Conference.[6] In the 2009 Indian general election he stood as an independent candidate in Baramulla.[7][8] He was defeated by the National Conference candidate Sharifuddin Shariq.[9]

In Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly election, 2014, he was criticized 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.[10] 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.

Recognition[edit]

  • Sajjad Lone featured in list of top 6 Indians of 2015 by Khaleej Times, UAE.[11][12]

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