Srinagar: Former Lok Sabha member of PDP Tariq Hameed Karra on Saturday joined Congress and said the move was necessitated as the PDP-BJP alliance was implementing only the “RSS agenda” in Jammu and Kashmir, a news agency reported.

The 61-year-old Karra met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi and was welcomed by them into the party, the report added.

Founder member of PDP, along with late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, Karra had submitted his resignation from the Lok Sabha in September last year protesting against the civilian killings by government forces in quelling pan-Kashmir uprising after the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani.

The resignation was accepted by the Lok Sabha secretariat in November last year.

“Basically after the PDP backed an agenda of the BJP which is dictated by the RSS, the political dynamics of the state changed. People in the state never accepted the inroads made by the RSS into the state politics using the PDP-BJP alliance as a tool,” Karra told the news agency in Delhi.

“The alliance between the PDP and BJP had necessitated need for realignment of political forces in the state. Kashmir issue has been put in a deep slumber by the ruling alliance,” he told the news agency. Karra, whose uncle GM Sadiq was the first Congress chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said there was an urgent need for secular parties to come together to fight the “fascist forces in the state”.

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