FormerJ&K CM and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti says only motive behind Article 370 move seems to loot J&K

FormerJ&K CM and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti says only motive behind Article 370 move seems to loot J&K

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti hit out at the Central government on Monday over the economy of the Union territory and therefore the recent dismissal of state employees.

She said abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to the erstwhile state appeared to are administered to rob Jammu & Kashmir of its resources. “It seems the sole motive behind the abrogation was to loot J&K. People from outside are being given top positions at Chenab Valley Power Projects. Our water and electricity are going outside. Our transporters are in trouble. they need to pay toll taxes and more”, the PDP chief, who is on a tour of the region, was quoted as saying by press agency ANI.

She further said articles 370, 35 (A) of the Constitution and other domicile laws weren't granted by any foreign country, but introduced by the then ruler Hari Singh. “Even before the state gave us these, the Maharaja had brought it to guard the identity of individuals of J&K. When people decided to be a neighborhood of India, he said that we've these laws that need to be upheld”, Mufti said. the 2 articles were scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led government in August 2019 and therefore the state was bifurcated into two Union territories.

The former chief minister said there's no policy to revive the UT’s economy. “There is unemployment and inflation are rising. Earlier, they wont to say that Jammu & Kashmir is backward, but we were ahead on several indices. But if their onslaught over economy continues, our situation will go to pot than Gujarat as far as poverty is concerned”, Mufti said.

When asked about her comments on the sacking of 11 government employees, including two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, she said she did support anybody but children can't be held liable for their father’s deeds. Mehbooba said on Sunday the dismissals done on flimsy grounds was criminal and therefore the Centre was continued “disempowering” the people of Jammu and Kashmir within the “garb of pseudo nationalism by trampling” the Constitution.

“I'm not supporting anyone. you can't hold a toddler liable for actions of his father unless and until you've got proof. These aren't 11 people. they need sacked about 20-25 people this year”, Mufti said.

“I have said this again and again. you'll capture a person but not a thought . you've got to deal with the thought , as Vajpayee ji did. Witch-hunting, criminalisation of dissent is taking our nation back”, she added.

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