Abid Ansari resigns from PDP, says ‘party has failed people on all fronts’

Former PDP MLA and a top Shia leader Abid Hussain Ansari on Saturday resigned from the party.

Announcing his resignation on Twitter, Ansari said the PDP has failed the people on all fronts and ‘I don’t want to be part of lies and deception’.

Ansari’s resignation comes two days after senior leader and former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu resigned from the party.

Drabu in his letter to PDP President Mehbooba Mufti wrote, ” “Even though I have not been a dissident — you are aware I had resigned from the cabinet, assembly and party nearly two years ago which you didn’t accept — I have disengaged from the party affairs for quite some time now.”

He added, ““I didn’t precipitate the matter because I believe it is ethically and morally wrong to leave the party under whose aegis one has contested and won the seat in the legislative assembly. Now that it is over, I am hereby resigning from the JK PDP.”

While remembering PDP founder late Mufti Sayeed, Drabu said that working with him made him realize that ‘politics is not the last refuge of scoundrels.’

“Occasionally people with intellectual integrity, personal honesty and moral courage can also be found here. I was exceptionally lucky to have worked with him. I  just hope when history judges Mufti Saab and his decision to ally with the BJP, it does so in the context and with the complexity it deserves.”

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