Three PDP leaders quit party over Mehbooba Mufti's flag remark

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New Delhi : Three PDP leaders have submitted their resignation from the party, after the party chief Mehbooba Mufti passed remarks about Indian tricolor.

In a letter to Mufti they stated that they are 'feeling quite uncomfortable over some of her actions and undesirable utterances especially which hurt patriotic sentiments'.

The leaders who have resigned are the party’s founding member and Purba Rajya Sabha member Tirlok Singh Bajwa, Purba Legislative Council MLA Ved Mahajan and Gujjar leader Chaudhary Muhammad Hussain Wafa. 

It all began after Mehbooba Mufti announced that she will not hoist any flag till date Jammu Kashmir gets its flag restored.

Appearing before media with the flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and her party flag, she said that her fight is not confined merely to the restoration of Article 370, but for the resolution of Kashmir issue as well.

“Our relationship with our national flag is not independent of the flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. When we get that flag, we will raise the Indian flag as well,” she said.

“Till the time we get back the flag that was robbed from us, we will not raise any other flag,” she added.

She made remarks during her first press briefing since her release from the 14-month-long house detention.

“Centre is not interested in the people of J&K, who are expendbles for them. What they want is territory, which was already with the people by legal means till August 5 last year. But they broke their relationship which was the basis for accession. We had acceded to a liberal, secular and democratic India, we are not comfortable with today’s India,” she said.