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Stay united to thwart assault on J&K’s special status, identity: Mehbooba

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Says BJP politicizing Army to divert attention from its governance failures

Srinagar, Apr 13: Cautioning people of the state about nefarious designs of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to target special status and identity of the J&K, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday asked people to stand united against divisive forces and actively participate in the ongoing elections.

“BJP has already publicized its agenda against our very identity and the special status. Now it is working on a plan to divide us and weaken our fight against such nefarious designs. We have to stand guard of our identity and interests as a Muslim-majority state across linguistic and sectarian differences as they want to widen these fault-lines and weaken our fight against their anti-Kashmir plans,” Mehbooba said.

According to a PDP press release, addressing public meetings at Chadoora and Khan Sahib Assembly segments of Budgam district to garner support for party candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, Aga Sayed Mohsin, the former chief minister said that attempts were being made by New Delhi to weaken Jammu and Kashmir politically as well as economically.

“We are facing an onslaught on our special status from New Delhi. I have fought it both within and outside the government. My party always stood firm on the core issues without any compromise. Our track record is certificate of our integrity. Today we have to stay united and fight a collective battle to thwart attacks on our identity. We must participate with fervor in the ongoing elections so as to strengthen PDP and send our best representatives to defend our special status and identity in the parliament of India,” she said.

About the letter written by many Army veterans to the President of India complaining of brazen politicizing of the institution of the armed forces by the BJP, Mehbooba said that BJP has utterly failed on the fundamentals of governance and has been trying to cover-up these failures in run up to the elections by politicizing the institution of the Army.

“BJP’s record is miserable on account of job-creation, economy, development, and there are serious charges of corruption. Since they have no answers to questions on these issues, they take refuge in the brazen and blatant politicization of the institution of the army,” she said.

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