Jammu: Alleging that the party remained disconnected from ground realities of Jammu and Kashmir, the senior Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh on Tuesday tendered resignation while Ministry of Home Affairs accepted the resignation of Farooq Khan- advisor to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
The party insider told The Dispatch that Vikramaditya Singh son of Senior Congress leader Dr Karan Singh today tenders his resignation from Congress.
“My position on critical issues vis-à-vis J&K which reflect national interests do not align with that of Congress. The party remains disconnected from ground realities,” Singh tweeted.
Vikramaditya Singh started his political career in August 2015, when he joined Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In October 2017, he resigned as member of Legislative council and PDP over issue of holiday on the birthday of his grandfather Maharaja Hari Singh. He later joined Indian National Congress.
He was Lok Sabha INC candidate from Udhampur Loksabha constituency in 2019 where he lost to Dr Jitendra Singh of BJP.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Home Affairs accepted the resignation of Farooq Khan- advisor to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Farooq Khan had submitted his resignation to MHA on Sunday evening
Sources told The Dispatch that Khan submitted his resignation after discussions with top BJP leadership. Khan is likely to be given an important political assignment in view of Assembly elections in J&K.
On 13 July 2019, Farooq Khan was appointed as the fifth advisor to the then Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik. Following this he was adviser to Lieutenant Governor G. C. Murmu, and then Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
As advisor, his official role is related to “food civil supplies and consumer affairs, social welfare, tribal affairs, labour and employment, youth services and sports, election and Haj and Auqaf” among other things.
Khan was also served as 32nd Administrator of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep between September 2016 and July 2019.
Khan is a recipient of the President’s medals for gallantry, bravery and distinguished service. He has also been given commendations by the Indian Army and other agencies.
Khan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 26 March 2014, before the 2014 Indian general elections, during a political rally in Hiranagar, Kathua district in the presence of Narendra Modi. In June 2015 he was appointed national secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party.