Ex-Minister & Senior PDP Leader Khalil Bandh Resigns


SRINAGAR — Former minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mohammad Khalil Bandh on Wednesday resigned from the basic membership of the party, saying it had “unpended” after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

In a setback to the PDP, the former Jammu and Kashmir minister said in his letter that it was not worth continuing when the basic and founding principles of the party had been compromised.

 The letter is addressed to party president Mehbooba Mufti.

Bandh said the decision to resign from the post of district president of Pulwama as well as basic membership of the PDP was taken after thorough deliberations with his workers.

“But I do believe with conviction that a political party isn’t worth continuing when the basic and the founding principles are compromised. Elected representatives are treated like naive men with a miniscule authority both within the government and otherwise,” he said.

Bandh, a three-time MLA and two-time cabinet minister, said the party has “upended after the demise of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed” and the old, elected and experienced were “not only neglected but humiliated to the core”.


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