Senior People’s Democratic Party leader and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Tariq Karra has resigned from the party and parliamentary membership in protest of government’s failure to deal with the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley. The leader has accused PDP of working as per the directions received by Bhartiya Janata Party. Blaming Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the current situation in the Valley, he said that government has completely failed to deal with the unrest. The leader said he resigned on ‘moral grounds’ to protest against centre and state government’s policy for his resignation. “As mark of protest on moral grounds against brutal policies of BJP at Centre and State Govt’s complete sell-out,I took this decision,” said Karra.
Addressing media, Karra appealed to President to safeguard the sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir. Karra said that people in the valley were initially very happy with PDP as the party was able to win both the Lok Sabha seats from the region. He said the situation has completely changed now. Citing the difference of ideologies between PDP and BJP, Karra remarked the alliance as ‘unnatural’.
“My heart is bleeding and my soul is crying for the people of my homeland. My conscience cannot take it any longer,” Karra said. The Lok Sabha member from Sringar said PDP was floated in 1999 to safeguard lives, property, honour, dignity, self respect and political aspirations of the people. “But today, in the present tragic circumstances, (PDP) made a U-turn and treated its subjects much worst than the Nazi forces. I feel still continuing with them would be equally subscribing to the administratively inhuman and politically unethical blunders,” he said. The 61-year-old said the PDP was formed to act as buffer between the Centre and state.
Karra is considered as a strong leader in Srinagar region and had defeated National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah in 2014 general elections. Karra had served as the finance minister in the PDP government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2002. The leader was one of the few who had openly opposed to the alliance between Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu and Kashmir. However, he has resigned citing failure of the government to deal with ongoing unrest in the state. Eighty people have died and over 10,000 injured in clashes with security forces in the valley since July 9, after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.