Mehbooba Mufti under fire for her scathing statements about the central government. The PDP chief wants to reclaim the special status Jammu and Kashmir had.
In the press conference, she said,”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.”
The BJP counted these statements a seditious and asked for action against the former CM of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir BJP president, Ravinder Raina, slammed the PDP chief and told the reports to not heed to her talks.
“I request Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to take note of (the) seditious remarks of Mehbooba Mufti, book her for the seditious act and put her behind bars.”
He then added that “We will sacrifice every drop of our blood for our flag, country and motherland. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of our country, so only one flag can be hoisted… and that is the national flag.”
Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed a special state status till last year. Last year BJP scraped Article 370 that gave it that status.
Ravinder Raina was adamant on the fact that no decision taken by the government can be reversed.
He also warned Mehbooba Mufti against provoking people.
“I warn leaders like Mehbooba Mufti not to instigate the people of Kashmir. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace, normalcy and brotherhood. In case anything wrong happens, she will have to face the consequences.”
Mehbooba Mufti’s Statements
On Friday, Ms Mufti launched a scalding attack on BJP ruled government as she said her party would not abandon the constitutional battle to reclaim special status. It was taken away by the centre in a decision taken in August last year.
“A robber may be mighty but he has to return the stolen goods. They demolished the constitution… Parliament had no power to take away special status,” she told reporters, criticising the central government.
“Those who feel we will abandon Kashmir are mistaken,” she said, adding that she would not contest any election until Article 370 is restored. “I have contested elections under our own constitution. How can I contest elections when that constitution has been abolished,” she said.
Ms Mufti’s remark did not go down well with the Congress party too. Their spokesperson said that such remarks were intolerable and unacceptable. Ravinder Sharma, Jammu And Kashmir Congress Committee’s spokesperson, also said they were highly provocative and irresponsible for a leader. He also said that it hurt the public sentiments.