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PDP split wide open after lawmaker Vikramaditya Singh quits party

It was more trouble for PDP and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed today, after one of its top leaders resigned from the party. Vikramaditya Singh, who is the grandson of former Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, resigned from the party today. Singh said that he was disillusioned with the decisions that the party has taken in regards to the development of Jammu and its people. Singh also surprised everyone when he posted his resignation on his social media accounts. Speaking about his resignation, Singh said, “I feel it is neither morally nor ethically right for me to continue as a member of the PDP.” Singh’s father, Karan Singh, was with Congress, but Singh had joined PDP in 2015. He was invited to join the government, since he had the right background to be the face of Jammu.

However, after Singh resigned today, it has become clear that there are numerous problems in PDP. Singh said that he had certain ideas about the political developments in Jammu, but those have not been achieved. He also said that he had pointed out the issues to the government, but no one was keen to listen to them. Furthermore, his concerns were viewed as anti-party. Singh had also raised the issue of the increasing divide between Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should look after all three regions and not focus solely on Kashmir. Singh felt that Jammu and Ladakh were being ignored by the current government.

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