PDP MP Tariq Karra resigns to protest civilian killings in Kashmir

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MP Tariq Karra on Thursday announced his resignation from the basic membership of the party and the Lower House of Parliament.
PDP MP Tariq Karra resigns to protest civilian killings in Kashmir
Tariq Karra addressing a press conference in Srinagar where he announced his resignation. Habib Naqa

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MP Tariq Karra on Thursday announced his resignation from the basic membership of the party and the Lower House of Parliament, accusing the PDP of being a collaborator with the RSS.

Karra represents Srinagar-Budgam constituency in Lok Sabha.

"I am resigning from the basic membership of PDP as a mark of protest against civilian killings in Kashmir," said Karra in a press conference.

"The PDP has become a collaborator for fascist RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)-governed BJP," Karra told reporters here.

Elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014, Karra was a close aide of the late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and was one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He had always opposed the idea of a PDP-BJP alliance and made his dissent known earlier also. 

The resignation comes as the Kashmir Valley is battling months of the deadliest unrest it has suffered in six years. Over 80 people have been killed and thousands injured in clashes with security forces.

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