Criticizing the ongoing political, economic and social onslaught on Jammu and Kashmir, President Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti Friday said that attempts were now being made to create a wedge between the two regions for vested interests.
“Kashmir and Jammu regions have always been economically and socially dependent on each other. The cultural and social diversity of this erstwhile state has been its strength and all attempts in the past to shutter this bound have failed”, she said adding that the social and non-political organizations have to come forward in order to stop the forces who are at play to divide people into cultural, linguistic and religious lines,” the former chief minister said.
Mufti arrived in Jammu on a three-day tour, during which she will meet party district units besides social organizations from across the region to assess the present situation. She received a warm reception on her arrival at the party headquarters.
Interacting with the deputations, the former chief minister said that Jammu faced the worst brunt due to abrogation of special status on August 5, 2019, and now the very identity of this region was at stake.
“Jammu is the receiving end of all the measures taken by the present dispensation post abrogation of Article 370. Most of the orders issued in last two years have crippled the economy of this city, once known as the economic capital of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
She said that her party has always put the interests of this region ahead of the organizational politics and it was due to this reason that respecting the mandate of Jammu, PDP took the most unpopular decision of entering into an alliance with BJP after the 2014 elections.
“However, the region was betrayed by the very people, who were elected to power by Jammu. Even today those people and organizations, who claim to represent Jammu, are compromising with every relevant issue of the region to please their masters in New Delhi,” she said.
Mehbooba leaving no stone unturned to become next Geelani of Kashmir: BJP
Launching a frontal on its formal ally Mehbooba Mufti, her former coalition partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said that the People’s Democratic Party was trying to become a new anti-India resistance party in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP general secretary in charge of Kashmir, Vibodh Gupta, while speaking to reporters said the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is not leaving any stone unturned to become the next Sye Ali Geelani of the disputed region.
“PDP is disappearing with each passing day because it is based on lies,” he said.