Mufti retaliates, refutes all charges against PDP

Former allies lock horns, as J&K stare at political uncertainty

‘Many false charges have been levelled against us by our former allies. Our commitment to the Agenda of Alliance (AoA), co-authored by Ram Madhav and endorsed by senior leaders like Rajnath Singh never wavered. It is sad to see them disown their own initiative and label it a ‘soft approach’,’ Former Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti said in one of the six tweets directed at her former political partner BJP.

Refuting BJP chief Amit Shah’s allegations holding PDP responsible for the breakup of the alliance in J&K, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday launched a counterattack on the saffron party. She was responding to BJP leaders holding the PDP accountable for the failure of the alliance.

BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh, a former minister in the Mehbooba-led cabinet, also levelled the ‘soft approach’ accusation against Mehbooba. “If terrorism recorded a growth it was because of the soft approach she adopted,” Singh had said.

He accused Mehbooba Mufti of being “pro-separatist” and said she started her political career by shedding tears, a reference to her visits to meet families of slain soldiers.

A miffed Mufti refuted Singh’s allegations, saying the “soft approach” was a “much needed” measure to restore confidence on the ground. On allegations of preferential treatment of Valley, Mufti acknowledged that Jammu and Ladakh regions may not have received the same treatment as the Valley, but “it was due to the 2014 floods and the turmoil in the region.”

She also touched upon the issue of Rasana (Kathua) rape and murder case and said that it was her efforts which helped in safeguarding the interest of the Gujjar and bakarwal community and getting the pro-rapist ministers sacked. She further added that not getting the case transferred to CBI was also a result of her efforts.

Shah had on Saturday said that the BJP’s decision to pull out from the coalition was taken in view of the deteriorating law-and-order situation and failure of the state government to ensure an equitable development, especially of the Jammu and Ladakh regions.

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