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Mehbooba's double speak has no takers
8/2/2018 11:26:38 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 2: Former chief minister and the president of the Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti has stoked many controversies since the day she has lost power. She talks in one language in Kashmir and another language in Jammu.
In an interview to ETV recently Mehbooba said that she was not surprised by the BJP's decision to pull out as she already knew that her "pro-Kashmir agenda" was troubling BJP at the national level.
"BJP leaders had started saying that I am soft on terrorism and other issues," she had said.
The PDP leader said the party continued to be part of the alliance with the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to get the State out of the morass it was caught in since 1990. She said her father and PDP's founder Mufti Muhammad Sayeed's intention to align with BJP was pure."However, the decision did not go down well with the people as they had a lot of expectations from us," Mehbooba said.
While addressing the foundation day ceremony of her party in Srinagar Mehbooba said, "I had to fight at both the fronts for improving the situation in Kashmir and making Delhi keep its promise of implementing the Agenda of Alliance. The AoA included talks with Pakistan and Kashmiris, besides the returns of power projects (to the state) and maintaining status quo on the Article 370 which gives special status to the state."
"I was fighting on multiple fronts, for talks with Pakistan and people, protection of Article 370 and Article 35A, the 2016 (uprising) happened and then there was unfortunate Rasana case (rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl)," she said.
Mehbooba said that her decision to ally with BJP was like "drinking a cup of poison."
While addressing another rally in Jammu Mehbooba said, "I never considered Jammu and Kashmir as different entities and distributed funds, colleges and jobs in police and other government departments equally without any corruption. I made no compromise."
In the same Jammu rally she said that her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed braved "hate, anger and pain'' of Kashmiris for 10 months and she had to bear it for two years and two months by entering into an alliance with the BJP as the experience of Vajpayee era on the basis of which the PDP entered into alliance with the BJP to form the Government, wasn't repeated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tenure.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, "In Srinagar Mehbooba just spoke about Kashmir and her Kashmir centric agenda. When BJP pulled out the support her first reaction was that muscular policy won't work in Kashmir."
He said that Mehbooba at that point of time claimed that BJP pulled the plug as her alliance partner was unhappy with her "soft policy towards Kashmir."
He said in Jammu she claimed that she did not "discriminate" with any region and ensured equitable development of all the regions. She did not make any mention about her soft policies towards Pakistan stooges and the people who were preaching sedition.
"Mehbooba ji needs to explain why she issued contradictory statements in Jammu and Srinagar?" the analyst asked. A Kashmir watcher said, "It looks like that by projecting herself as pro-Kashmir in Srinagar she wanted to appease the separatists and other Pakistan stooges. In Jammu she changed her tone and tried to project herself as a liberal leader. She even praised the Dogras and their pride."
He said, "The PDP president should stop hoodwinking people of Jammu and needs to accept that she during her tenure just worked for Kashmir and her agenda was just Kashmir centric. Her claims that she worked for Jammu and other regions are a hoax."
An observer said that politicians should bear in mind that times have changed and they cannot get away by issuing one statement in Jammu and another Srinagar. "They should acknowledge their mistakes and make an attempt to rectify these," he added.
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