Srinagar: In a blow to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, her senior colleague Tariq Karra on Thursday quit the PDP and Parliament after comparing the ruling PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir to Nazi rule.
Karra was known for vehemently opposing the alliance of PDP with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state but has resigned citing failure of the government to deal with ongoing unrest in the state.
Karra told reporters here that he "was feeling suffocated by the alliance" and was resigning to "protest against the brutalities on civilian protesters and the PDP's sell out to the BJP".
He said the PDP was founded as a "savior" for the people of the state but the present government "is treating its own people like the Nazi forces treated the oppressed".
He said he couldn't stand the "new avatar adorned by the PDP and my conscience could not take it any more.
"The PDP has become a collaborator for fascist RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)-governed BJP," he said and accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of "pushing this country towards a Hindu nation".
Karra represented Srinagar-Budgam constituency in the Lok Sabha.
Karra, served as the finance minister in the PDP government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2002.