The PDP Monday suffered another jolt when its senior leader and former bureaucrat Bashir Ahmad Runyal announced his decision to quit the party, PTI reported.

According to the report Runyal, a former IAS officer who was Ramban district president and state secretary of the PDP, had joined the party prior to the 2014 assembly polls after his retirement and had unsuccessfully contested the elections from Banihal constituency.

“I have tendered my resignation from the basic membership of the party and I am fighting the upcoming assembly elections as an independent candidate,” he told reporters here.