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Senior PDP leader resigns, says party humiliated its seniors

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Srinagar, Jul 17: The PDP suffered another jolt on Wednesday with one more founding member Mohammed Khalil Bandh resigning from the party, alleging that it had not only neglected but also humiliated its senior leaders and its basic principles had been compromised.

Members of the PDP who have resigned from the party include Altaf Bukhari, Haseeb Drabu, Imran Raza Ansari, his uncle Abid Ansari, Mohammad Abbass Wani and Basharat Bukhari. Party leaders said some more resignations could be expected in the next few days.

In a letter addressed to Peoples Democratic Party chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Bandh said the party was not worth continuing in.

The three-time MLA and two-term state minister said the decision to resign from the post of district president of Pulwama as well as from the basic membership of PDP was taken after thorough deliberations with his workers.

“But I do believe with conviction that a political party isn’t worth continuing when the basic and the founding principles are compromised. Elected representatives are treated like naive men with a miniscule authority both within the government and otherwise,” he said.

His resignation comes barely two weeks before the party celebrates its 20th foundation day on July 28.

Bandh said the party has “upended after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahab’s demise (in January 2016), where old/elected/experienced lot was not only neglected but humiliated to the core…”

He said he found himself “helpless and underprivileged” and it had become necessary to “emancipate” himself.

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