Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to divide India with its “noxious agenda of banishing Muslims and minorities”.
Mehooba’s reaction comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arraign that Abdullahs and Muftis have “ruined” three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and that he will not allow them to “divide” India.
“Abdullah family and Mufti family destroyed lives of three generations of J-K. The bright future of J-K can be ensured only after their departure. They can bring their entire clan into field, can abuse Modi as much as they want but they won’t be able to divide this nation,” he said, adding that for the better future of the state, they need to be voted out.
The prime minister was referring to NC leader Omar Abdullah’s demand for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
However, Mehbooba, the former chief minister of the state, whose party was in power in the state from 2015-2018 in an alliance with the BJP, said the prime minister bashes political families before the elections and then sends envoys to stitch alliance with them afterwards.
“Why does PM bash political families pre elections & then sends his envoys to stitch alliances with the very same parties? NC in 99 & PDP in 2015. Why do they choose power over Article 370 then? BJP with its noxious agenda of banishing Muslims & minorities wants to divide India,” the PDP president wrote on Twitter.
In another tweet, she said, “I for one have never lowered political discourse by abusing opponents inc BJP. In order to gain sympathy & consequently power, PM is misleading people by equating himself with the nation. Every Indian owes his allegiance to India not PM Modi. India is not Modi & Modi isn’t India.”
Omar Abdullah while reacting to the Prime Minister’s statement tweeted, “We have to rid J&K of these two political families” says Modi ji in 2014 & then promptly goes & makes not one but TWO members of the Mufti family CM of J&K. In 2019 Modi ji says “we have to rid J&K of these two political families”. Another jumla Modi ji?”
He also posted a photograph showing the Prime Minister hugging the then chief minister and PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Twitter and said, “This is how much Modi ji believes what he says. Look how happy he is to seal an alliance with one of the families he wants to rid J&K politics of.”
Modi also targeted the Congress for the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley and said his government was committed to settle the displaced community in their native places and that work has started in this direction. —PTI