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Vikramaditya Singh Resigns From PDP, Expresses Discontent In Tell-All Letter [Read Here]

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| October 22 , 2017 , 17:58 IST

Vikramaditya Singh, PDP leader and grandson of Jammu and Kashmir's former ruler Maharaja Hari Singh resigned from the party on Sunday saying that it was "no longer possible for me to be part of a party that continues to disregard aspirations of Jammu region".

In an open letter addressed to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Vikramaditya revealed the issues which had come up between him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

"I feel it is neither morally nor ethically right for me to continue as a member of the PDP. I, therefore, tender my resignation from the party... with immediate effect," he said.

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Speaking to media, Vikramaditya said that there was a growing regional divide in the state which was India's only Muslim-majority state, and the divide could have been bridged by addressing the issues he had highlighted. But despite reaching out to senior PDP leaders in writing to address the issues there had been no response.

"Mehbooba Mufti is the chief of the entire state and not just of one region," said Vikramaditya.

Among Vikramaditya's suggestions were to declare a state holiday on September 23 in commemoration of the birthday of former Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh and the inclusion of the period of the Dogra rule in textbooks, emotional issues he said were close to the heart of Jammu people.  

The son of senior Congress leader Karan Singh, Vikramaditya also announced that he had made the decision to leave the upper house of the state's bicameral legislature, the Legislative Council and that he would write to the Chairman of the Legislative Council to request him to accept his resignation.

View Vikramaditya Singh's full letter below: