District Congress committee president Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today resigned from the post here while owing responsibility of defeat of Punjab party chief Partap Singh Bajwa in the recently-held Lok Sabha polls.
Bajwa was trounced by BJP's actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat.
However, he has not resigned as MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Assembly segment which falls in Gurdaspur Parliament constituency from where Khanna took a maximum lead of 25,384 votes.
In a communique to party president Sonia Gandhi, he said that as a party worker and president DCC he had failed to deliver and address the present mood of the people who were "against" the SAD-BJP combine government. The copy of the resignation has also been sent to Bajwa.
Out of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, Congress could win only on three, new entrant AAP four, ruling SAD four and its ally BJP two. In 2009 polls, the tally of Congress was eight, SAD 4 and BJP one.
Sayeed expressed gratitude to the people of Kashmir for electing PDP candidates to the Lok Sabha, saying this amounted to endorsement of the party's agenda.
"The results of the Lok Sabha polls make it amply clear that the people of the state have come together with their powerful voice and have expressed their will unambiguously.
They have affirmed our course. They have told us to move forward," he said.
Sayeed said Jammu and Kashmir is at the threshold of a momentous transformation and it needs a caring government which only a truly committed political party can provide.
"I reiterate my party’s resolve to work hand-in-hand with progressive and democratic forces in the country and the region to facilitate a dignified resolution of the Kashmir problem and issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
The PDP veteran said he visualised a space of dignity, opportunity and prosperity for the people in the paradigm of friendship and cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan as "envisioned in PDP’s Self-Rule document".
"The state can’t remain aloof from the massive economic progress taking place in the country and the region and our enterprising young generation has to be provided a more congenial atmosphere to flourish and assimilate into free and flourishing global market economy,"