Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has hit back at BJP party president Amit Shah by offering a point-by-point rebuttal to his remarks where he had listed out the reasons why the BJP had broken its alliance with the PDP.
Taking to Twitter, Mufti, who resigned from the CM's post once the alliance broke, has issued a six-part response. She has counter-accused the BJP of disowning their own initiatives, making 'un-real' allegations of there being discrimination against Jammu and Ladakh in terms of development, and on other matters.
Here's her full statement:
"Many false charges levelled against us by our former allies. Our commitment to the Agenda of Alliance, co-authored by Ram Madhav & endorsed by senior leaders like Rajnath Ji never wavered. It is sad to see them disown their own initiative & label it a 'soft approach.'
Status quo on Article 370, dialogue with Pakistan & Hurriyat were a part of AoA. Encouraging dialogue, withdrawing cases against stonepelters & the unilateral ceasefire were much needed measures to restore confidence on the ground. This was recognized & endorsed by BJP.
Allegations of discrimination against Jammu & Ladakh have no basis in reality. Yes, the valley has been in turmoil for a long time & the floods of 2014 were a setback, therefore needed focused attention. But that does not mean that there was any less development elsewhere.
Results on the ground for all to see. If anything they should review the performance of their own ministers, who largely represented the Jammu region if there were any such concerns, none among them either at state or central level talked about it during the last 3 years.
Not handing over the Rasana rape & murder case to CBI,getting the pro rapist ministers removed & also issuing orders not to harass the Gujjar & Bakarwal community in the guise of anti encroachment drives were my duties as CM to provide a sense of security to both communities.
After expressing concern about freedom of expression in J&K following Shujaat's murder, their MLA, notorious & even punished for his role in the aftermath of the unfortunate Kathua case still threatens journalists belonging to the valley,so what are they going to do about him?"
On Saturday, Amit Shah had listed the reasons why the BJP pulled support to the PDP:
“We had three main promises when we formed the govt waited for four years. Modiji gave so much of money. But still the promises were not fulfilled. When we made the government with PDP, we decided to work on 3 aspects: 1) balanced development in 3 regions 2) maintaining peace by eliminate terror 3) Jammu-Kashmir will remain an integral part of India,” said Shah.
“Despite packages being given by Modi ji, Jammu and Ladakh continued to face discrimination.Then, we decided if this is happening while we are in the government then it's better to be in the opposition, added Shah.
Shah said despite the Central government trying its best, peace wasn’t restored in the Valley.
“Peace was not restored and a situation came that army Jawan Aurangzeb was kidnapped and killed. A Journalist and editor was killed. Pressure groups stood up and didn't let the govt to work,”
“India is a democracy and everyone has the right to write. If editors are killed, army jawans are killed, if Jammu is not developed then we don't have the right to stay in power,” said Shah.
He also hit out at the families that run J&K's biggest regional parties, the PDP and JKNC:
"These two families have run the government and they are indulged in corruption. We want development for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. And, the people should expect the JK to developed at par with the other states."
Governor's rule has been imposed in India's north-most state following the alliance breaking. The Omar Abdullah-led JKNC has called for the state assembly to be dissolved as soon as possible and for fresh elections to be held.