PDP leader Karra resigns from party membership, also as MP

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In a major setback to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one of its founding members and MP, Tariq Karra, on Thursday resigned from the party and also as MP.“I was feeling suffocated by the alliance and the new avatar of the PDP. My conscience cannot take it anymore. As a mark of protest against the sell-out to the BJP, I am disassociating myself from the primary membership of the party as well as Parliament,” Karra told reporters here.

The 61-year-old MP who, over the years, has been known as the PDP’s face in Srinagar has been openly airing his views against the PDP-BJP alliance since its formation. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Karra defeated National Conference stalwart and former Union minister Farooq Abdullah from the Srinagar-Budgam constituency.Hitting out at the PDP, Karra said the party had become a facilitator for the BJP for imposing the RSS ideology in the state.“This is an unnatural alliance and the PDP is losing its character of buffer and they are doing exactly what they opposed since the party was formed,” he said.Since protests erupted in Kashmir over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, the separatist parties have been asking mainstream political leaders, legislators and MPs to resign and join “people’s movement”

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