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Mufti accuses BJP of exploiting KPs for political gains

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Visits bereaved family of Roshan Lal

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief and former chief minister of erstwhile J&K state, Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday alleged that BJP had utilized the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits to bolster its vote bank across India.

She accused the BJP of exploiting their pain and anguish, seeking votes in their name without delivering on the promises.

Mufti was talking to the media following a condolence meeting for a Kashmiri Pandit family friend.

The @BJP4India has not only used the #KashmiriPandits as a vote bank but also used their pain and suffering for seeking votes, without doing anything for them. Even those who used to live here departed due to worsening conditions under BJP’s rule,” quoting Mufti, JKPDP posted on its official X handle.

“What is happening in the country? Members of our community were lynched, mosques and madrassas were vandalized, homes were demolished. The people of our country, our Hindu brethren, are secular. Many Pandits previously endured challenging times and lived harmoniously alongside Muslims, and we wish for that unity to be restored,” she said.

Addressing the issue of Kashmiri Pandits’ return to the valley, Mehbooba emphasized that the community should not rely on government assistance.

“Our Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters are enduring difficult conditions in Jammu or elsewhere. I believe they do not require anyone’s aid to resettle here—whether it be from the BJP government, Mehbooba Mufti, or anyone else. The people of Kashmir want Kashmiri Pandits to return,” said the PDP President.

Earlier, Mufti visited Abi Guzar Lal Chowk Srinagar to pay condolences to bereaved family of renounced Journalist late Roshan Lal who passed away some days back.

“Roshan Lal Ji was close friend Mufti Sab during his tough political struggle. He never left Kashmir during the militancy and always stood by his Muslim brethren,” said Mehbooba Mufti while extending condolences to the bereaved family.

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