If Modi thinks Kashmir is at loss due to Art 370, then he should free us, says Mehbooba

PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti while reacting over Narendra Modi’s statement that Article 370 will be removed said that then ‘they should free Kashmir.’

“If (PM) Modi thinks that Kashmir is in loss because of Article 370 then he should free Kashmir,” replied Mehbooba when asked by the reporters to respond to Modi’s remark on Article 370.

She also talked tough about PDP’s former ally, Congress and the National Conference. “When Azad Sahab became chief minister of the state he sold Kashmiri land to the Shrine Board. Did he not think of Article 370 at that time?” Mehbooba questioned.

The former Chief Minister also came down heavily on NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.

“Sheikh Sahab accepted the chief minister’s seat after signing the infamous accord of 1975 with the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. Did National Conference not think of the special status of the state,” she questioned.

Earlier, BJP President Amit Shah reiterated that if Narendra Modi comes back to power, Article 370 will be removed. 

Addressing an election rally in Jharkhand, Shah said, “We will remove Article 370 if you make Narendra Modi the prime minister again.”

Narendra Modi, in an interview to Aaj Tak had said that those people who support Article 370 do not deserve Indian citizenship. 

Recently, Shah had said that till a single worker of the BJP is alive, Kashmir cannot be separated from India.

Recently, Shah has said that his party will ensure that National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) is implemented across India and ‘every single infiltrator will be removed from the country.’

He had added that all Buddhist and Hindu refugees will be identified and Indian nationality will be given to them.

Shah had said that after forming the Government in New Delhi, they will remove Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

In February, Shah had said that the Modi Government brought in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in order to prevent Assam from becoming another Kashmir.

Recently, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that if the Citizen (Amendment) Bill 2016 is not passed, it will be a surrender to the ‘philosophy of Jinnah.

Sarma also added that the purpose of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was to “detect Jinnahs”.

In the north-eastern state of Assam, India has published a list which strips four million people of their citizenship. It says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

The list, named as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, when Bangladesh was created.

The list has sparked fears of targeted hunting towards ethnic minorities in Assam. However, officials have said that no one will face immediate deportation and that the option of an appeal will be available to all.

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