Mehbooba talks tough over PM Modi's Article 370 remark

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday hit out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on abrogating Article 370.

“If (PM) Modi thinks that Kashmir is in loss because of Article 370 then why they don’t leave Kashmir,” replied Mehbooba when asked by the reporters to respond to the Prime Minister’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 PDP president also came down heavily on NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.

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

She said that for two years she was fighting with the Modi-led government when the state was ruled by PDP-BJP coalition.

“I had made it clear to (PM) Modi that if they tinker with the special status of the state then PDP will leave the government,” the former chief minister said.

On Friday, the prime minister had said that if BJP will be voted back to power then they will end the special status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP’s election manifesto has mentioned that the party will abrogate Article 370 and Article 35-A of the Indian constitution.