Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: In a huge jolt for Mehbooba Mufti, three People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders on Monday resigned from the party over her 'undesirable' remarks. In a letter, the three leaders -- TS Bajwa, Ved Mahajan and Hussain A Waffa -- said that they are "feeling quite uncomfortable over some of her actions and undesirable utterances specially which hurt patriotic sentiments", reported news agency ANI.

Mehbooba Mufti, who was released from detention earlier this month, has created a controversy after she said that she will not hoist the Indian tricolour till Article 370 is restored and separate Jammu and Kashmir flag is back.

"We will raise the national flag only once our state flag is back. The national flag is here only because of this (the Jammu and Kashmir) flag and constitution. We are linked to the rest of the country because of this flag," she had said.

However, Mufti was severely criticised by the BJP and the saffron party asked the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to take action against her and put her behind the bars over her "seditious remark".

Meanwhile, the National Conference (NC), which has joined hands with the PDP for the restoration of Article 370, has distanced itself from Mufti's remark, saying it will not compromise on the country's sovereignty.

"Jammu-based NC leaders raised concern over Mehbooba Mufti's remarks in our meeting with Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah. They have assured us that no statement will be made by any Gupkar Alliance leader that harms the nation's interests," India Today quoted NC leader Devender Singh Rana as saying.

The Centre had abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year and bifurcated the state into two union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Later, several J-K leaders, including Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, were put behind the bars. However, several of them have been released by the government.

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