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PDP breaking up; Mehbooba not to be taken seriously: Guv

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Jammu, Feb 06: Jammu, Feb 6: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said that nobody should take former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statements seriously as her PDP was breaking up and she was trying to save the party by commenting against the government forces and India’s political system.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Malik said: “Elections are round the corner, her party is breaking up. Her party is in a bad shape.

“She had come to power by stirring anti-India sentiments. Nobody should take her statements seriously.”

Malik said her statements will not affect the morale of the government forces.

In her latest statements, Mehbooba Mufti has been critical of the Governor and also Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing both of furthering a Hindutva agenda detrimental to “the soul and spirit of the country’s democratic set-up”.

Malik’s remarks come a day after Mufti demanded action against one Major Shukla, who allegedly tortured a Pulwama resident, Tauseef Wani, at the Shadimarg camp of the Army and threatened to kill him in an encounter.

The Governor said he stood behind the government forces and would not allow such statements to demoralise them.

“I stand by our forces. Wherever there are atrocities, we take action. In some such cases with regard to the police force, we are taking action and are transferring all of them (erring police personnel). But we still stand with our forces,” he added.

Malik alleged that Mufti’s demand was aimed at gaining public support ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections.

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