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If BJP ministers can move freely in Kashmir why curbs on my movement, questions Mehbooba Mufti

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By: Tariq Shah VOV


Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that while the police and administration are facilitating the visits and campaigning of central ministers of BJP and other leaders, she is being denied to go for the campaign of DDC candidates on security reasons.

She also posted a letter of SSG Director, telling her that she cannot move to Budgam district purely on security reasons as she is a former chief minister.

She questioned this logic of security reasons by comparing the campaign meetings of BJP leaders in most sensitive areas of Kashmir.

Taking to her Twitter handle, the Peoples Democratic Party president said, “Illegally detained today for the third time in less than a fortnight. Too much democracy indeed,”

“If my movements are curbed due to ‘security concerns’ then why are BJP ministers allowed to campaign freely in Kashmir while I’ve been asked to wait until the culmination of DDC elections?”

By “too much democracy”, Mehbooba was apparently referring to NITI AAYOG CEO Amitabh Kant’s purported remarks on Tuesday that “tough” reforms are “very difficult in the Indian context,” as “we are too much of a democracy”.

On Tuesday Mehbooba was not allowed to move out of her residence once again by the Jammu and Kashmir administration. She was scheduled to visit Budgam to meet members of Gujjar and Bakarwal community who have alleged they have been evicted from the land holdings by the administration in the recent past. Earlier Mehbooba was allowed to visit the same community members in Pahalgam area as the authority has evicted them for the forest land.

In late November, Mehbooba had claimed that she and her daughter, Iltija Mufti, were placed under house arrest and not allowed to visit the Pulwama residence of party leader Waheed Parra, who was arrested by the NIA. However she was allowed later to go to the village and campaign for the Parra before the fourth phase DDC elections.


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