Mehbooba Mufti has said that she wishes to hold the Tricolour and J&K flag together once again. She affirms her faith in the J&K Constitution and the sovereignty and integrity of India as both are inseparable.
The PDP chief and former J&K chief minister had said that she has no interest in holding the national flag unless the constitutional changes done on august 5th were undone. This statement had sparked a variety of controversies and had led to protests in the whole of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are the people, especially in the Kashmir Valley, who upheld the tricolour high over the years at the cost of thousands of our workers who were martyred,” Mufti told reporters here at the end of her five-day visit to Jammu – her first after release from over one-year-long detention under the Pubic Safety Act (PSA).
She then went on to slam BJP with a scathing attack on RSS too without even naming them.
“Those moving with half pants and where their leader sits do not hoist the tricolour (at their headquarters) and they are giving us lessons on the national flag.”
Ms Mufti also added that it was her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who had picked up the National Flag when they were being dismissed as insects of the filthy drain and were forced to social boycott.
“We, including the BJP members, have taken an oath (in the assembly and council) that we will affirm our faith in the Constitution of J&K and will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India. First, it was the J&K Constitution and then the sovereignty and integrity of the country. How is it, they cut one finger and leave the other, it is not right,” she said.
When she was asked if she will hold the Tricolour after her scandalous statements, Mufti said, “I had already replied thatI have taken an oath of the J&K Constitution when I became the MLA for the first time and I affirm my faith to the Constitution of J&K and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India – both of which are interlinked. J&K flag and Indian flag, I will hold both these flags together.”
She accused the BJP of “breaking the relations” of Jammu and Kashmir with the country by its last year’s decision of abrogating the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcating it into union territories.
“I am saying give us our flag and the Constitution back…the merchandise you have looted in the daylight after conspiring under the darkness of the night have to be returned with interest,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president said.