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Two more second-run leaders quit PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 20: A day after senior PDP leader and former minister Syed Altaf Bukhari was expelled from the party, two second-rung leaders of the party -- Amira Kadal zone president and Habba Kadal constituency incharge on Sunday tendered resignation to the party chief Mehbooba Mufti.

Altaf Bukhari, former Education and Finance minister in PDP-BJP alliance government, had won his elections from Amira Kadal constituency in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections of 2014 on PDP ticket.

In his resignation letter addressed to Mehbooba, PDP’s Amira Kadal zone president Muhammad Ashraf Dar said the sequel to the “disparaging political development” especially the manner with which the party affairs are being run by the PDP leadership, “it has become clear to me that I will not be able to fulfill my party responsibility, as we would both wish to.”

“During my long association with this party from year 2000, I witnessed many political phases, wherein this party was trying to prove itself as a viable political alternative for the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“But unfortunately the present situation within the party especially after the demise of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, I have come to conclusion that this party is not following the footsteps of late Mufti Saheb and the principles for which it was established.

“In light of the above mentioned facts, I hereby tender resignation from my basic membership and as the zone president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Amira Kadal constituency with effect from 20-1-2019,” he said in his resignation letter.

PDP’s Habba Kadal constituency incharge Mudasir Amin Khan, in his resignation letter addressed to Mehbooba Mufti, said it was with much hope and belief that the people of Jammu and Kashmir gave a mandate to PDP under the leadership of Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the last Assembly elections.

“However, the dismal performance under the PDP-led government after his demise, people of Jammu and Kashmir not only suffered socio-economically but I personally believe that the principles which had led to the foundation of this party were observed in breach,” he said.

Khan said that he was resigning from the party in view of the present political circumstances, especially the way party leadership was running its affairs.

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