Srinagar: Former Chief Minister and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti, on Sunday reacted sharply to BJP chief Amit Shah’s claim that it was lack of development of Jammu and Ladakh regions that compelled the saffron party to pull out of the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.
“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 tweeted on Sunday.
Mufti in a series of tweets said that results were on ground to see and asked the BJP that if anything it should review was the performance of its own ministers most of whom belonged to Jammu region.
“Results on the ground for all to see. 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 tweeted.
She said that many other false charges have been levelled against her but sought to remind Shah that her party’s commitment to ‘Agenda of the Alliance’, the pact reached out between the two sides in 2015, never wavered.
Mehbooba said it was sad to see the saffron party disown its own initiative and label it a “soft approach”.
Talking about the state government’s handling of the sensational Kathua rape-murder case, she said it was her duty to not handover the case to the CBI and issue orders not to harass Gujjar and Bakarwal communities in order to provide a sense of security to them.
Mufti also tweeted about her stand on Article 370 and holding of talks with Pakistan and separatists which is believed to have contributed to the souring of relationship between the PDP and the BJP.
The former chief minister also hit out at the BJP over their senior leader and MLA Chowdhary Lal Singh’s ‘threat’ to Kashmiri journalists and asked what was the party going to do about him.
Singh’s threat to Kashmiri journalists drew flak from media as well as political parties. Singh had warned journalists to draw the line or face the fate like journalist Shujaat Bukhari.