New Delhi: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday slammed the Centre saying that “the India of Mahatma Gandhi is gradually turning into the India of NathuramGodse”.
Interacting with reporters here, Mufti remembered former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee spoke on cricket, cricket matches and cricketers, and also India’s defeat to Pakistan at the T20 World Cup, in the same breath.
“I remember one cricket match that was played between India and Pakistan when Vajpayee was in power at the Centre. During the match, the Pakistanis cheered for Indian cricketers while the Indians also applauded the Pakistani players,” she said.
The former J&K chief minister Mufti also referred to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s statement during a post-match presentation ceremony wherein he was all praise for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hairstyle, and even suggested the Ranchi stumper – who was a rising cricketer then - to not change his hairdo.
However, she expressed displeasure over how a few youth in Agra were recently booked for cheering the Pakistan cricket team, terming it as “wrong”.
“They were booked for sedition, and no lawyer is willing to represent them in the court. Therefore, I feel that the India of Gandhi is becoming Godse’s India,” Mufti said.
On Monday, she staged a protest at JantarMantar in New Delhi, demanding that “suppression of people” and “killing of innocent civilians” in Jammu and Kashmir be stopped immediately.