“Hurt patriotic sentiments”: 3 PDP leaders resign after Mehbooba’s tricolor row

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On Monday, three leaders quit Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) saying her remarks on tricolor had “hurt patriotic sentiments”.

PDP leaders TS Bajwa, Ved Mahajan, and Hussain A Waffa sent resignation letters to party chief Ms. Mufti, who was released earlier this month after 14 months in detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Addressing the media on Friday, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti had said that she will not hoist the tricolour till the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir is restored and the J-K flag is hoisted.

The leaders, in their letter, said they were “feeling quite uncomfortable over some of her actions and undesirable utterances especially which hurt patriotic sentiments”.

Ms. Mufti was among scores of political leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir when the central government ended its special status and divided it into two Union Territories.

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