Everything snatched on Aug 5, will be brought back with interest: Mehbooba

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti addressing youth convention in Srinagar on Sunday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti addressing youth convention in Srinagar on Sunday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

‘Participate in polls, don’t cede space to BJP’

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Nov 27: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said whatever Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) snatched from people of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 would be brought back with interest.
While addressing PDP youth convention in SK Park here in Srinagar, Mehbooba said: “I swear by Allah whatever BJP snatched from us on August 5. 2019, would be brought back with interest.”

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The PDP chief vowed to continue the struggle for the restoration of J&K’s special status and lashed out at the BJP for the scrapping of Article 370 in 2019.
“We have formed a bond of heart with this country, the Constitutional bond, the bond of love, but what did you do? You played with our dignity, our identity. You destroyed the whole State. This will not work,” she added.
She said the PDP is stepping ahead on the footprints of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and will take his mission to its logical end.
She said that India is not the BJP. “It is not BJP’s India and, note it down, we will not let it become BJP’s India,” she added.
“The J&K acceded to India of Gandhi’s, Nehru’s, Abul Kalam Azad’s, Tushar’s, Rahul’s etc and we won’t allow India to become BJPs battleground,” she added.
Mehbooba slammed the BJP led centre stating that no matter how many troops are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government would not see positive results until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
“Kashmir is connected to India through its Constitution. But you’ve (BJP) destroyed the Constitution. India doesn’t belong to BJP. Till the time you don’t resolve the Kashmir issue, you won’t see any results no matter how many troops you send here,” she said.
The PDP chief asked the BJP against being attackers in Kashmir as they know how to chase them.
“I want to tell the BJP that when the attackers came from Pakistan, the Indian Army had not come by then, the people did not have any guns in their hands, but still they chased the attackers away. So, don’t be attackers, the Kashmiris know how to chase them away,” she said.
She urged the youths to participate in future Civic and Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is their “weapon” to fight for their rights and they should not cede space to the BJP.
Mehbooba asked the youth not to cede space to the BJP.
“If Panchayat elections or Municipal elections take place, I want to tell the youth especially not to cede space to them,” she said.
Mufti said Local Bodies or Assembly was a power in the hands of the youth and they should not leave it to someone else.
“If you want to fight, this is your small as well as big weapon. Panchayats, Local Bodies or Assembly are the weapons in your hands, power in your hands and you should not leave it for someone else,” she said.