The political storm in Kashmir intensified after Srinagar MP Tariq Hameed Karra resigned from his Lok Sabha seat and PDP party citing “a sellout.”
He accused the ruling Mufti-led-PDP of “treating people much worse than Nazis” and blamed the Centre for adding “fuel to fire” in the Valley with its “arm-twisting attitude and imperialistic methods”.
The PDP is already under fire for its handling of the situation in the Valley, and now Muzaffar Hussain Baig, who represents Baramulla, is the only PDP MP left in Lok Sabha since Mehbooba had quit the Anantnag seat after becoming Chief Minister.
Karra said: “As a mark of protest on moral grounds against the brutal policies of the BJP at Centre and the state government’s complete sellout and surrender before them, I have decided to disassociate myself from the primary membership of the PDP and from the membership of Parliament.”
“In the present tragic circumstances, when people of my homeland are being subjugated to the highest degree of brutalities by a party, which was floated to safeguard the life, property, honour, dignity, self-respect and their political aspirations, made a turnaround and treated its subjects much worse than the Nazi forces. I feel that still continuing with them would be equally subscribing to their administratively inhuman and politically unethical blunders,” Karra said.
Targeting the Prime Minister for “pushing the country towards Hinduisation” and “converting the highly publicised Incredible India into Intolerant India” he said.
“My conscience was shaken during the last two months due to PDP’s newly acquired avatar during the present upheaval… The seeds of deceit, discontent and betrayal got sown in the hearts and minds of the people that very day when PDP got into an alliance with the BJP and formed the government.”
He also spoke against the alliance and said that “There was no consonance between the coalition partners. Whatever was agreed to be done was not done. And whatever was agreed not to be done was done.”
He listed issues like challenging of Article 370, issue of the state flag, beef, attacks on Kashmiri truckers, harassment of Kashmiri students, Dadri lynching, statements of Sakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Sadhvi Prachi, Giriraj Singh, force-feeding of a fasting Muslim manager of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi as triggers for the current protests.