Mufti said India is not BJP but a vibrant democratic country which uses to respect all religions at the time of Nehru and Gandhi. Mehbooba said “the J&K acceded to India of Gandhi’s, Nehru’s, Abul Kalam Azad’s, Tushar’s, Rahul’s and we won’t allow India to become BJP’s battleground. She said PDP is stepping ahead on the footprints of the Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and will take his mission to its logical end. PDP Youth Convention was attended by thousands of people from the north, south, and central parts of Kashmir.
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The former J-K chief minister also warned the Centre not to behave “like those raiders from Pakistan who came to the valley in 1947” and was forced to flee by Kashmiris. “India is not BJP. India which we joined is Jawaharlal Nehru’s India, (M K) Gandhi Ji’s India, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s India. It is India of Rahul Gandhi who is travelling the country for Hindu-Muslim unity, it is Tushar Gandhi’s India,” Mufti said.
Congratulations to all the PDP workers especially youth for making today’s convention a great success. May Allah Ta’Aala bless you & keep you safe . https://t.co/Wt6Cv5AIDj
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 27, 2022
She again 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 said. Mufti said the people of Kashmir were questioning the accession to India due to the current situation in the country. “Kashmiris question us which country they accede to”… But, I want to tell them that Kashmiris acceded to that India which Gandhi’s grandson Tushar and Nehru’s great-grandson Rahul are searching for in different corners of the country. I am talking about India formed by Nehru and Gandhi together, India where there were Hindu-Muslim unity, secularism, peoples’ rights,” she said.
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The former CM asked the youth not to cede space to the BJP. “If panchayat elections or municipal elections take place, I want to tell the youths 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. The PDP chief vowed to continue the struggle for the restoration of J-K’s special status, saying everything taken from the people of J-K will be brought back along with interest. She asked the people not to lose hope.
(With agencies inputs)