PDP will continue fight against ban on Jamaat: Mehbooba

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/16/2019 1:27:48 PM

Slams Jaitley for his remarks

SRINAGAR, Apr 15: Hitting out at finance minister Arun Jaitley for his comment about Jamaat-e-Islami, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said BJP is uncomfortable with JeI, which has done great work in uplifting poor people, owing to its Islamic ideology.
Mehbooba, who is the president of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said Jaitley would rather extend patronage to rabid right wing organisations that lynch innocents on flimsy excuses and spearhead a divisive agenda to persecute minorities.
“Jamaat, an organisation that has done great work in upliftment of poor makes you uncomfortable owing to its Islamic ideology. You’d rather extend patronage to rabid right wing orgs that lynch innocents on flimsy excuses & spearhead a divisive agenda to persecute minorities,” Mehbooba wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Later addressing election rallies in Bijbehara and Pahalgam in south Kashmir, she slammed the Jaitley’s statement about Jamaat-e-Islami- PDP bonhomie. She said in a democratic setup, the socio-political and religious organisation- Jamaat-e-Islami - has every right to propagate its ideology and function without any hindrance. “As chief minister, I was under tremendous pressure to ban Jamaat-e-Islami in the state. However, I refused to sign on a dotted line due to which BJP was compelled to run away from the coalition,” Mehbooba said and added that the PDP will continue its fight so that ban on JeI is revoked and the organisation is allowed to work freely once again.
According to PDP president, after the 2014 polls the PDP didn’t get a clear mandate and out of the compulsion had to join hands with the BJP. “The BJP was so desperate for power that it gave in writing to PDP that it will not fiddle with Jammu and Kashmir’s special position and Article 370. The BJP also agreed to hold talks with Pakistan, with Hurriyat, release political prisoners, revoke AFSPA and return power projects from the NHPC,” said Mehbooba.
Former chief minister cautioned that in a bid to save its sinking ship, there are apprehensions that BJP led government is preparing to launch another Balakote type attack against Pakistan.
Mehbooba said that the as Modi led government has failed in every front with masses perturbed, joblessness spiralling and economy witnessing a dreadful dip. She said that the BJP tried its best to polarise the situation and instigate communal riots all across. “When nothing worked, it enacted a drama called Balakot strike. During the very first phase of the ongoing elections, BJP has foreseen its defeat and in order to garner votes and hoodwink the electorate there are apprehensions that Modi led government is preparing to launch one more Balakot type attack against Pakistan,” she said.
According to her, the ongoing antagonistic approach towards Pakistan and unleashing terror upon the unarmed and innocent people of Kashmir is nothing but a vote bank politics of the BJP as the party is witnessing rout all across the country.



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