Tariq Hameed Karra, who had announced his resignation as MP from Srinagar, has not conveyed it to the Lok Sabha Secretariat even though five days have passed since then.
Sources in the Lok Sabha Secretariat here said today that no communication, either by email or letter, has been received from Karra.
They noted that any member wishing to resign from the Lok Sabha has to submit a letter in original with signature to the Speaker.
Karra, one of the founding members of PDP of Jammu and Kashmir, had announced with much fanfare on September 15 that he had decided to quit as member of Lok Sabha and would be submitting his resignation to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s office the next day.
Elected from Srinagar Parliamentary constituency in 2014 on PDP ticket, Karra had told reporters in Srinagar that he had decided to resign from the party as well as Lok Sabha to protest against “brutal policies” of BJP at the Centre and “complete surrender” of his party-ruled state government before it.
Commenting on non-submission of resignation letter by Karra even five days after his press conference, a senior PDP leader said the announcement appeared to be a political stunt of the disgruntled member whose desire for a ministership in the Mehbooba Mufti cabinet was not fulfilled.
PDP had earlier termed Karra’s decision to resign as “back-stabbing” and insisted that it will not have much impact on the ruling party.
“He has back-stabbed the party at a time when there was a need to strengthen the government and the Chief Minister (Mehbooba Mufti),” senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar had said.
He had said that Karra, who quit complaining about government’s handling of the ongoing unrest and PDP’s alliance with BJP, had been elected on “our agenda and our ticket” and hence should not have taken such a step in such a situation.
Interestingly, Karra had announced his resignation from PDP and Lok Sabha days after separatist Hurriyat issued an appeal to mainstream politicians to quit their parties and posts and join the ongoing agitation against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani.
Significantly, like the Hurriyat, Karra had also appealed to the “conscience” of other party leaders to follow his footsteps.