Anantnag: A week after the state government banned movement of civilian traffic on NH-44 for two days a week, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti asked people to defy the ban by coming to the road with their vehicles.
Talking to reporters following a convention of her party workers at the Dak Bungalow in Anantnag on Wednesday, Mehbooba said this was the only option left with the people of Kashmir.
“We have protested and we have gone to court. I think the only option left now for us is to reach the highway with our vehicles and defy the ban,” Mehbooba said, adding that she defied the ban today and that was how she reached Anantnag.
She said that she will accompany the people if they come to the road in their vehicles to defy the ban.
She addressed a rather sizeable gathering of PDP workers at the convention and asked them to gear up for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, which she is contesting from the Anantnag constituency in south Kashmir.
Later in her interaction with the media, she was asked about Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that peace talks with India had a better chance if the BJP emerged victorious in the Lok Sabha polls.
Mehbooba maintained that her late father was also of the same opinion, given the mandate and the support Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoyed.
“But he did not do justice to his mandate vis-a-vis the Kahsmir issue and relations with Pakistan,” Mehbooba said.
She said that Modi had lost a golden chance. “Even if he is elected for a second term, the mandate will not be this huge,” she said.
Mehbooba in the same breath also took a jibe at the Congress for being “too afraid to take steps in their ten years of rule.”
She said that the Congress party did not carry forward the good work done by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.