People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misleading people by equating himself with the nation and every Indian owes his allegiance to India and not PM Modi. She also stated that India is not Modi and Modi is not India.
Ms. Mufti said the BJP was abusing opponents to gain sympathy and power. “Why does PM bash political families pre-elections and then send his envoys to stitch alliances with the very same parties? The National Conference in 1999 and the PDP in 2015.”
“Why do they [BJP] choose power over Article 370 then? BJP with its noxious agenda of banishing Muslims and minorities wants to divide India,” she added.
National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah, also a Lok Sabha candidate from Srinagar, attacked Mr. Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, saying “These are the biggest enemies of people who believe in dividing the nation on the basis of caste, creed and religion.”
Addressing a public meet in Mir Bahri Dal, Dr. Abdullah said the BJP wanted to change the very framework of the Constitution. “It is the Constitution of India which grants rights to profess any faith. It is the same Constitution which grants our State a special status by means of Article 35A and Article 370. Their sole agenda is to change the demography of our State,” said Dr. Abdullah.