Srinagar, July 23: PDP vice president Sartaj Madni has submitted his resignation as the vice-president of the
Madni was quoted saying by news agency Kashmir News Service: “I have submitted my resignation to party
president Mehbooba Mufti in the larger interests of the party and for its strengthening, stability and unity.”
The development comes in the backdrop of PDP dissidents including former sports minister Imran Raza
Ansari questioning party’s vice presidency by the maternal uncle of party president Mehbooba Mufti.
They were alleging that occupying party’s top position by Mehbooba’s maternal uncle is part of the “dynasty
politics being imposed” in the party.
Clarifying the charges of the PDP dissidents, Madni said “I have resigned from the party’s vice presidency for
strengthening the party as otherwise I too have worked thought in founding and strengthening the party.”
While Madni refused to answer any questions, his resignation is believed to be part of efforts within the PDP
to bring back the disgruntled legislators.
The seven rebel legislators, including two MLCs, had come out in the open against Mufti after the PDP-BJP
coalition government in the state fell, following the withdrawal of support by the saffron party.
Recently top PDP leader and Member parliament Muzafar Hussain Baig has said that party president
Mehbooba Mufti should take some tangible actions on the grievances of some descanting voices within the
Meanwhile, party workers and activists from Sonawari assembly segment on Monday called on party
president Mehbooba Mufti, at her Srinagar residence, extending their full support to the party while
reiterating the pledge to strengthen the PDP at the grass-roots.
Hundreds of parts workers and activists hailing from six blocks of Sonawari assembly segment including
Sumbal, Ganistan, Nowgham, Hajin, Naidkhai and Madwan met the former chief minister and PDP president,
extending their full support to PDP while reiterating that the process to carry forward party’s mission to
every household shall continue a top most priority for them.
The workers and activists led by Sub Zone President Sonawari, Dr Ali Mohammad and Block President
Ganistan Nazir Ahmad Sheikh were in unison stating that the PDP has once again proven that the interests of
the people of the state are supreme for it than power and that the party has been in the forefront to set an
example how principles cannot be battened against petty grains.
“Governments will come and go but we want to tell you that we are with you and will continue to remain
steadfast in our resolve to carry forward the mission of the PDP which is to accord a dignified life to the
people of the state and make them witness a peace and tranquil state,” workers told the party President.
They also assured the party president that at this crucial stage when vested interests are hell bent to
suppress the just voice of the PDP, the party shall remain united in its efforts to uphold the principles of
objectivity, justice and righteousness.
“PDP is a party that has inspired the perturbed masses of the state to look beyond the horizons and hope for
the better and prosperous tomorrow. It is not an individual centric party but in itself is an institution that has
been speaking truth to power since its inception and striving hard to put an end to bloodshed, mayhem and
chaos that remained the hallmark of the state’s previous regimes,” party workers stated during their
meeting with the PDP president.
They were also unanimous in their assertions for more rigorous campaigns to foil the nefarious designs of
those elements who have been tasked to suppress the just voice-the party has been raising since its
“Every since person in the state at present is aware of the ideology and the state of the PDP which include
talks with Pakistan and separatists, withdrawal of the cases against the stone pelters, implementation of the
ceasefire on ground and measures to be taken for successful dialogue and reconciliation. Such a stand is the
stand of the already violence torn people of the state. The party has once again proved that it is not going to
barter peoples aspirations for power. If need arises, it will not hesitance in rendering even more sacrifices for
the people and their well-being,” workers while speaking to the party president said.