Mehbooba Mufti Accuses The BJP Of ‘Disowning Its Own Initiative’ In Jammu


New Delhi: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “disowning its own initiative” in Jammu and Kashmir by withdrawing from the coalition government. She reacted in detail after resigning as the state’s chief minister.

Mehbooba, who led the coalition government, wrote on Twitter to express her opinion after the state came under governor’s rule on June 20 and BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the “PDP-led government” had discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions.

“Allegations of discrimination against Jammu & Ladakh have no basis in reality. Yes, the valley has been in turmoil for a long time & the floods of 2014 were a setback, therefore needed focused attention. But that does not mean that there was any less development elsewhere,” she said.

“Many false charges levelled against us by our former allies. Our commitment to the Agenda of Alliance, co-authored by [BJP leader] Ram Madhav & endorsed by senior leaders like [home minister] Rajnath (Singh) Ji never wavered. It is sad to see them disown their own initiative & label it a ‘soft approach’,” said Mehbooba.

She was referring to a document the BJP and PDP had drawn up in March 2015 on how they will govern Jammu and Kashmir together.

Mehbooba said the BJP allegation that the coalition government ignored Jammu is not true. “If anything they should review the performance of their own ministers, who largely represented the Jammu region if there were any such concerns, none among them either at state or central level talked about it during the last 3 years,” she said.

She said BJP leaders cited the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar on June 14 as one reason to break the alliance but they were not acting against their own MLA for “threatening” journalists.

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