What kind of ‘Ram Rajya’ is this, where people are not allowed to speak for their democratic rights: Mehbooba Mufti

BJP does not have the guts to speak against China, which annexed 1,000 Sq Kms of Indian territory

Jammu: Castigating Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Government of India (GoI) for its Kashmir policy, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that “after choking all the democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP is talking about Ram Rajya”.

“What kind of a ‘Ram Rajya’ is this, where people are suppressed and not allowed to speak up for their democratic rights,” she said.

Mehbooba Mufti was addressing party workers at its Jammu office on Friday, where she was accorded a warm welcome by the workers.

It was her first visit to Jammu, after her release from more than one year long detention, since August 2019, when Article 370 of the Indian constitution was abrogated by the Parliament of India.

Coming down heavily upon the GoI, Mehbooba Mufti said that the present dispensation has suffocated the people here and voices of dissent, against the onslaught on the rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir, is silenced by force.

Our youth, who were recently protesting against the abrogation of Article 370, where called to police stations yesterday and asked to sign bonds, because government considers that protesting amounts to antinationalism, she said, adding that as soon as anyone sets out his foot to register protest, police and Army is there to stop them.

“What kind of democracy is this? Is this the Ram Rajya, they are talking about,” she added.

She said, “I and my colleagues from Jammu have taken the oath to safeguard the constitution, which was given to us by Baba Sahib Ambedkar. How is it a crime to fight for upholding it?”

“The flag of our state has not been given to us by China, the country which BJP is afraid of, but by the constitution and to bring it back is our constitutional right,” she said.

She further said, “Government is pressurizing us, but no one from BJP or its ministers have the guts to speak against China, which annexed 1,000 Sq Kms of Indian territory and is constructing buildings and barracks there.”

“India is Ok with having an eighth round of talks with China, but the government feels shame to talk to its own people from Jammu and Kashmir,’ she added.

“Why is the government of India so afraid of us, PDP in particular,” she asked.

”It is not good that we are being pressurized like a pressure cooker, which, if explodes, burns everything around it,” she said.

“They are misleading the international community by saying everything in Jammu and Kashmir is alright, if everything in Kashmir is alright, then why this pressurization,” she lamented.

Mehbooba Mufti said, “India is like a flower vase, where Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are living in harmony since ages, which led us to accede with India, but the present dispensation is hell bent upon dividing the nation.”

“They are not doing it for the sake of religion, but they are doing this politics to garner votes,” she said.

“What industries are they going to establish here, by abrogating Article 370. They just want to reduce the original residents of Jammu and Kashmir into a minority,” she said adding that after some time it will be difficult to find any Dogra or a Kashmiri here.

“You are giving a lollipop to the people to settle them here in Jammu and Kashmir, first give them homes in Bihar and UP and then talk about shifting them here,” Mehbooba Mufti said.


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