‘Dan­ger­ous if forces in Delhi try to break PDP’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - Mir Eh­san PDP chief Me­hbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR: Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) pres­i­dent and for­mer chief min­is­ter of Jammu and Kash­mir, Me­hbooba Mufti, on Fri­day is­sued a strong warn­ing to for­mer ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that ef­forts to break her party could have “dan­ger­ous con­se­quences”.

“Our party is in­tact and strong. There are prob­lems just like we have prob­lems in fam­i­lies. The breakup within the PDP can only hap­pen with the sup­port of Delhi. If they (Delhi) will do the same what they did to Mus­lim United Front (MUF) to crush it ... with the PDP it will have dan­ger­ous con­se­quences,” Mufti said af­ter pay­ing trib­utes on Kash­mir Mar­tyrs Day in Srinagar while be­ing flanked by other lead­ers of her party.

This is the first time Mufti has blamed Delhi for try­ing to break the PDP af­ter five to six leg­is­la­tors openly spoke against her and re­volted against the party. The re­volt is be­ing led by for­mer min­is­ter and leg­is­la­tor from Pat­tan, Im­raz Reza An­sari.

Mufti fur­ther said if Delhi tries to dis­miss the vot­ing rights of the peo­ple of Kash­mir as it did in 1987, cre­ates di­vi­sions and in­ter­feres in the state “Salahud­din and a Yasin Ma­lik” will be cre­ated.

The sep­a­ratist leader Yasin Ma­lik is the head of the Jammu Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front.

Salahud­din is the Pak­istan based head of the United Ji­had Coun­cil.

Na­tional Con­fer­ence vi­cepres­i­dent Omar Ab­dul­lah said “not one new mil­i­tant will be cre­ated” in case of the breakup of the PDP. “Peo­ple will not mourn the demise of a party cre­ated in Delhi only to di­vide the votes of Kash­miris,’” Ab­dul­lah tweeted.

“She must re­ally be des­per­ate if she is threat­en­ing the Cen­tre with re­newed mil­i­tancy if PDP breaks up. She seems to have for­got­ten that mil­i­tancy in Kash­mir has al­ready been re­born un­der her most able ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he added.

In re­sponse to Mufti’s state­ment that comes close on the heels of the BJP pulling out of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment in the state in June; BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary Ram Mad­hav tweeted a pic­ture that had for­mer CM of J&K and NC leader Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah and for­mer CM and PDP leader Mufti Say­eed flank­ing the then Prime Min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi. Mufti Say­eed then was with the Congress.

“A 1987-vin­tage pic­ture. ‘Delhi’ with Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah. D other leader in pic­ture is eas­ily recog­nis­able, at least by Me­ha­boobaji, who ac­cuses, wrongly, ‘Delhi’ for her own party’s in­ter­nal prob­lems..” Mad­hav, who was con­sid­ered the ar­chi­tect of the coali­tion, tweeted.

While Mufti did not com­ment on the pic­ture that was taken in 1987, it was Omar Ab­dul­lah who took a dig at the BJP.

“Here @Me­hboobamufti, it takes your es­tranged friends & al­lies to re­mind you of your fam- ily his­tory when you talk about 1987,” he tweeted, which led to an ex­change with Mad­hav, who re­torted: “In­ci­den­tally, we were also al­lies for a cou­ple of years Omarji!”.

The wran­gling con­tin­ued with Ab­dul­lah writ­ing: “We were but Va­j­payee Sahib ka za­mana kuch aur he tha, us dour ka kya kehna. Those days it was ‘in­saniyat, jamhuriyat aur Kash­miriyat’, to which Mad­hav re­sponded with : “From our side it con­tin­ues to be Va­j­payee prin­ci­ple of In­saniyat, Jamhuriyat n Kash­miriyat only. D other side talks of Salahud­dins n Yasin Ma­liks.”

An­sari, who is lead­ing the dis­si­dent group within the PDP, said that peo­ple are cel­e­brat­ing be­cause the gov­ern­ment of cronies has been thrown out.

“R u telling me Me­hbooba Mufti that peo­ple will take to guns bcos u and ur cronies have been driven out of power. It is an end to crony­ism. Peo­ple r cel­e­brat­ing wake up. I am one of the dis­senters. R u Me­hbooba mufti telling me that Delhi con­vinced me to Rebel against u wake up from ur slum­ber. U hu­mil­i­ated me for three years,’’ An­sari tweeted. An­sari blamed Me­hbooba Mufti for black­mail­ing the Cen­tre and said she is putting the lives of rebel assem­bly mem­bers at risk. ‘Don’t tell me Me­hbooba mufti that u r a novice and don’t know that paint­ing re­bel­lion as a Delhi ex­er­cise puts rebels lives’ at a risk. Stop be­ing a white col­lar killer. What ninety r u talk­ing of Me­hbooba mufti. U have al­ready sur­passed ninety in ur ten­ure. Stop is­su­ing threats and stop black­mail­ing. There is no ap­petite for all this song and dance.’’

Mufti re­signed in June af­ter the BJP ended its three-year al­liance with her party, cit­ing a height­en­ing se­cu­rity cri­sis in Jammu and Kash­mir. The state was placed un­der Gov­er­nor’s Rule on June 20.

How­ever, af­ter her res­ig­na­tion, six of her leg­is­la­tors spoke out against her and blamed the for­mer chief min­is­ter for turn­ing the party into a fam­ily fief­dom. Mufti has in the past few days tried to rec­on­cile with dis­si­dent leg­is­la­tors.

But they have re­fused to meet her, giv­ing rise to spec­u­la­tions that the PDP might split.

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