Srinagar: In another blow to the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), senior leader and former minister Javed Mustafa Mir has resigned from the party.
Mir will forward his resignation to the party on Sunday morning. Mir, who did not cite any reason for his decision to resign, said that he will consult his followers about his future course of action. The resignation of Mir follows a slew of similar resignations by some of PDP leaders in the last few months.
In the last week of December, former bureaucrat Bashir Ahmad Runyal also announced his decision to quit the party. Runyal, a former IAS officer who was Ramban district president and state secretary of the PDP, had joined the party prior to the 2014 Assembly polls after his retirement and had unsuccessfully contested the elections from Banihal constituency.
"I have tendered my resignation from the basic membership of the party and I am fighting the upcoming Assembly elections as an independent candidate," he had said.
After the fall of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in June, the PDP faced a revolt within the party which led many of its leaders, including former ministers and legislators, quitting the party.
Prominent among those who left the party included former ministers Haseeb Drabu, Imran Reza Ansari and Syed Basharat Bukhari and former MLAs Abid Hussain Ansari and Mohammad Abbass Wani.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Jan 06, 2019 10:57:02 IST