Srinagar, July 23: PDP vice president Sartaj Madni has submitted his resignation as the vice-president of the party. 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 party. 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 foundation. “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.