BJP has put IIOJK on sale for outsiders, divided people on religious lines: Mehbooba

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Maintaining that BJP is dividing Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on religious lines, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said that the territory has been put on sale by the Modi government.

Mehbooba Mufti addressing a press conference in Jammu said, Jammu and Kashmir has been put on sale by the Indian government for the people from outside. They want us to become bankrupt in order to make us dependent on (people from) other Indian states, she said.

She claimed that all big projects, including mining contracts, have been allotted to outsiders.

Mehbooba Mufti, who is supporting the Jammu traders’ call for strike on tomorrow (Wednesday) against the opening of Reliance retail stores in the city, said the shops will destroy small businesses.

She also accused the BJP government of dividing people of Jammu and Kashmir on religious lines. “J&K is laboratory where they are testing (divide and rule policy). It (policy) will then be applied to other states,” she said.

“The BJP dubs those who raise any issue as anti-nationals. A sardar ji becomes Khalistani, we are dubbed as Pakistanis… BJP people only call themselves as Hindustanis,” she said.

She further claimed that the present Indian government has no clear policy on IIOJK. She said that Nehru and Vajpayee had a vision for Kashmir and they knew what they had to do on economic, political and emotional fronts. There is no vision of (this) government, she said.

Replying to a question about the government’s decision to rename institutions after killed Indian troops and police personnel, which the Hurriyat leadership has dubbed as a “Hindutva agenda”, Mehbooba Mufti asked what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was doing to tackle the high unemployment rate in the territory. “Unemployment rate in J&K is 18 per cent. Corruption is high here… Will students get jobs by changing names of schools, lanes and road? So, it (renaming exercise) is all nonsense”, she said.

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