Sartaj Madni resigns as PDP vice president, cites ‘larger interests’ as reason

Sartaj Madni, PDP vice president has submitted his resignation as vice president of the party.

Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Madni said “I have submitted my resignation to party president Mehbooba Mufti in the larger interests of the party and for its strengthening, stability and unity.”

His resignation comes amidst growing disunity and anger against the president with 14 PDP MLAs having rebelled.

Earlier, PDP party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that her MLAs were being coerced and threatened to leave her party with NIA raids, reported News18.

Alleging of horse-trading at BJP without naming the party, she said that several of the party’s MLAs had told her that tremendous pressure was being applied on them in order to wean them away from their party.

“I’m not saying that New Delhi is doing it but I did talk to some people in New Delhi and told them that a perception is being created through media reports that MLAs can be bought with money or be motivated to leave PDP for important cabinet portfolios, and if they’re rejecting even this, they’re being threatened with NIA raids,” Mehbooba Mufti told News18.

“Kashmir is a place where separatism, mainstream politics and militancy often co-exist, but the threat of NIA was introducing an element of doubt in the valley which would threaten its fabric greatly,” she added.

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