Former PDP legislator among senior leaders quit party in protest

SRINAGAR: A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator and its three senior leaders have resigned from the party a day after senior leaders were expelled from the party for their participation in the government parleys.
Former legislator Yawar Mir, Budgam district president Muntazir Mohi-u-din, district president Pulwama Showkat Gayoor and Dr Samiullah have sent their resignation to the party leadership.
Muntazir while confirming his resignation said he quit the party in protest.
“The party could not do anything for the last five months despite many of its senior leaders including district presidents not under detention, yet it managed to disqualify senior leaders. It is beyond my imagination,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Muntazir accused the party higher-ups for being cold to his pleas of decentralising the powers to the lower rung despite pleas made about it.
Ever since August 4, he said, a number of meeting were held at various levels for giving mandate to leaders to respond to the crisis but never was given it a go.
According to him, the party had even barred leaders from issuing statements about happenings in the Valley.
Muntazir is in the PDP for last eight years and has been the district president for many years. During PDP-BJP government, he was also vice chairman of one of the corporations.
Another PDP leader Showkat Gayoor also confirmed about his resignation.
“There is a clear procedure against person who is believed to have breached party line. It was not followed. This is unacceptable and I have resigned against it,” he added.
PDP on Thursday expelled six leaders which include Dilawar Mir, Rafi Mir, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Choudhary Qamar Hussain, Raja Manzoor, Abdual Majid Paddar, Noor Muhammad, Sheikh Javaid Beig, and Abdul Rahman Rather for their participation in a meeting a meeting Lt Governor and a delegation of foreign envoys in Srinagar.

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