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‘Hurt patriotic sentiments’: 3 PDP leaders resign over Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders TS Bajwa, Ved Mahajan and Hussain A Waffa resigned from the party on Monday stating that they feel quite uncomfortable over some of party chief Mehbooba Mufti’s actions and undesirable utterances especially which hurt patriotic sentiments. “We… are feeling quite uncomfortable over some of your actions and undesirable utterances especially which hurt patriotic sentiments,” read a letter to Mufti signed by three leaders.

“Instead of overcoming the challenges from within and outside by a process of broader consultations and trust, some elements within the party pulling the party and leadership in a particular direction, thus deviating from the basic principles, agenda and philosophy, making it difficult to face the saner voices in the society,” it said.

The three leaders said that some of the actions and utterances are unpardonable and unforgettable by the people, for the party, to emerge out and move in the direction of its fundamental approach and identity besides regaining it’s image as a political alternative to the people.

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“In view of this, we feel uncomfortable and suffocated in the party, forcing us to take difficult decision of leaving the party,” they stated. Addressing a press conference on October 23, Mufti lashed out at the Centre for abrogating Article 370 and said that she will raise the Indian tricolour when the “flag of Jammu and Kashmir” is brought back.

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