Vikramaditya Singh quits PDP over regional issues

Jammu, Oct 22: Vikramaditya Singh, a PDP leader and grandson of Jammu and Kashmir’s former ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, on Sunday resigned from the party due to rift with his party over Jammu-centric issues.

Singh, whose father is senior Congress leader Karan Singh, announced his decision to leave the Legislative Council and Party, to the media here.

Singh told media persons that he had submitted a open letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti highlighting the issues over which serious differences had arisen between him and the party.

He said the demand of the people of Jammu to declare a state holiday on September 23 to mark the birth anniversary of former Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh, the inclusion of the period of Dogra rule in text books and the issue of Rohingya settlers in Jammu were sensitive issues close to the heart of Jammu people.

He told reporters that there was a growing regional divide in the state which can be bridged by addressing the issues highlighted by him.

Singh stated he had written to senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders too asking them to raise these issues but there had been no response from them.

“I feel it is neither morally nor ethically right for me to continue as a member of of the PDP. I therefore tender my resignation from the party… with immediate effect,” he said in the letter that he also posted on his social media accounts.

Singh said he would also write a letter to the Chairman of the Legislative Council urging him to accept his resignation.

After resignation, Singh said “There are many reasons. My views weren’t appreciated by govt. Thought it’s better to step out”

Wefornews Bureau 

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