MLC Vikramaditya Singh addressing media persons in Jammu on Sunday. Aman
JAMMU, OCT 22: Asserting that the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is not following the footsteps of her father Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in uniting all the three regions of the state, Member of Legislative Council Vikramaditya Singh on Sunday resigned from the party.
“It is not morally and ethically correct for me to remain in the PDP,” Singh told reporters here this afternoon.
He said, “Whenever I touched any Jammu issue, I faced criticism from the Government instead of support and they snubbed me every time.”
“On many occasions I raised issues like Dogra certificate, illegal settlement of Rohingyas in Jammu, ignoring history of Dogras in education department, discrimination in PSCs but my party never supported me,” he said.
Singh four years back had joined the PDP in the presence of Late Mufti Sayeed.
“I looked upon myself as the PDP face for all communities in the Jammu region and worked to strengthen the party, always keeping in mind the secular fabric of our region,” added the former MLC.
“Besides PDP leader, I also resigned from the Legislative Council where I was nominated by the Governor and I shall be writing to the Chairman requesting him to accept my resignation,” Singh said.
In his resignation letter addressed to the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Singh wrote, “You will recall that just over three years ago, at the invitation of late Mufti sahib and yourself I joined the People’s Democratic Party. Thereafter, I traveled extensively in Jammu region meeting party workers, public and also accompanied Mufti Sahib and yourself on many occasions. I looked upon myself as the POP face for all communities in the Jammu region and worked to strengthen the party, always keeping in mind the secular fabric of our region.
However, in the last several months, the views that I have publicly expressed about my concerns for our state in general and Jammu region in particular, have not been in harmony with the Party line. These issues include, among others, the question of illegal settlement of Rohingyas in the state, the inclusion of the period pertaining to Dogra rule and contributions made by the rulers in school text books and the demand for public holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh Ji. It is clear that the PDP has rejected these issues that strongly reflect the sentiments of the people of Jammu region. It is no longer possible for me to be part of a party that continues to disregard the demands and aspirations of Jammu region. Furthermore, PDP patron and late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision of bridging the growing divide between the three regions of the State also remains unfulfilled.
In this connection, I feel that it is neither morally nor ethically right for me to continue as a member of the J&K People’s Democratic Party. I therefore, tender my resignation from the party and request you to accept it with immediate effect. Further, on moral grounds, I have also decided to resign from the J&K Legislative Council where I was nominated by the Hon’ble Governor. I shall be writing to the Hon’ble Chairman of the Legislative Council requesting him to accept my resignation.
I am grateful to late Mufti Mohammad Syed and yourself for giving me the opportunity to reconnect with and serve the people of my State.”