Public resignations a face-saving drama

Public resignations a face-saving drama

PDP, NC, Congress workers told to ‘resign publicly’ at places where they face popular anger

A former panchayat member announces his resignation at a rally in Rahmoo, Pulwama File Photo
A former panchayat member announces his resignation at a rally in Rahmoo, Pulwama | File Photo

SRINAGAR: A mass resignation of pro-India political activists has turned out to be a damp squib as none of them have officially tendered their resignation. Sources in the PDP, NC and Congress said that party workers have been asked to resign publicly at places where they face public anger.
Reports coming from various districts in the past few days have said that more than 400 workers of pro-Indian parties PDP, NC and Congress have resigned publicly in pro-freedom rallies held in their native areas. In Srinagar, one of the strongholds of the PDP, 70 activists have publicly announced their resignation from the party. But no resignation has as yet been tendered in writing.
On August 31, a group of office-bearers of the PDP from Rainawari area had resigned from the basic membership of the party. They said they wished to contribute to the pro-freedom movement in Kashmir. But Khursheed Alam, PDP’s Srinagar president, told Kashmir Reader that he has received no formal resignation.
One of these office-bearers, a former militant sympathiser, told Kashmir Reader on Tuesday that joined PDP to have cases against him withdrawn. He said that the PDP used to call itself “a second Hurriyat” when it was campaigning for elections, but when it came to power it changed its stand, and that is why he resigned from it. He said that before joining the PDP he used to run a menial business, but later most of his earning came from doing party work. When PDP came to power, he became a contractor and was allotted a tender worth Rs 3 crore to construct a government building.
In north Kashmiri’s three districts, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara, about 150 party workers had resigned publicly. In Baramulla, 72 workers had announced their resignations, and 41 had done so in Kupwara and 30 in Bandipora. After 18-year-old Danish Manzoor was killed in Nadihal village, more than 60 workers of pro-India parties had announced resignations in these districts.
One of them, Gafar Sheikh, a PDP worker, resigned because of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s remark that only 5 percent of Kashmiris were behind the unrest in the Valley. Another PDP worker, Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, resigned because “of the collective decision of all party members.” A Congress worker, Mohi-ud-Din War, said he along with 19 other workers had resigned because of civilian killings in his village by government forces.  All three of them have not tendered any official resignation. Gafar and Sheikh said they will “think about” resigning officially, but War said he has no such plans.
Insiders in the three parties told Kashmir Reader that workers have been asked to resign in public at places where they face public anger. Districts presidents of all the three parties in the three districts said “no official resignation has been received.”
Between 2013 and 2014, about 400 sarpanches and panches had resigned after being warned by pro-freedom groups. However, once the situation limped to “normalcy”, they joined back.

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