With the BJP and PDP close to reviving their coalition government in J&K, Delhi AAP Minister Kapil Mishra has written to BJP president Amit Shah asking whether he would continue with the alliance if PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, who is set to be the new Chief Minister, refused to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.
It was one of the four questions raised by Delhi’s Water, Culture and Tourism Minister Mishra in his letter to Shah. He was referring to the recent controversy in the Maharashtra assembly where an AIMIM MLA was suspended after he refused to chant the slogan.
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Speaking to The Indian Express, Mishra said that the questions he had put to Shah were “very serious, although the tone may be sarcastic”.
In his letter, Mishra wrote that some days ago, “Rubbaiya Sayeed’s sister Mehbooba Mufti” had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP was planning to make Mufti the next chief minister of J&K. Rubbaiya is the younger daughter of the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, then the Union Home Minister of India. Her kidnapping in 1989 by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had led to a swap deal in which five terrorists were released.
Mishra asked Shah, “Does Mehbooba Mufti believe in saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’? If not, will the BJP still form a government with her?”
“Before taking charge of J&K, will Mehbooba Mufti say it once before the entire country “Afzal Guru was a terrorist, Afzal Guru Murdabad”? If not, why are you (Shah) so desperate to form a government with her?” Mishra asked Shah.
Guru, accused in the 2001 attack on the parliament, was hanged in February 2013. In 2011, the PDP had supported a resolution in the J&K assembly seeking clemency for Guru.
Mishra’s third question was, “Doesn’t sending a union minister to Pakistan on Pakistan Day under pressure from Mehbooba, make the country look weak before the the world?”
In his final question, Mishra asked Shah if Mufti was the reason that a team of Pakistani investigators are being allowed to come to India to probe the Pathankot attack. “The world is now wondering if India does not believe that the Pakistani army and the government provide training and weapons to terrorists to attack India. In one shot you have weakened the country’s several years-old stand against state-sponsored terrorism,” wrote Mishra.
Mishra wrote that it would be a ‘black day’ in the country, if Mufti takes charge as the chief minister of J&K and endorses the BJP. “As a common Indian, I feel that the political compromise being made by BJP and the Sangh, will cost the country dearly. The entire country is watching the BJP blindly running from one state to another to gain power or be a partner in it, in which rules, laws and limits find no place,” wrote Mishra.
“When it comes to J&K the country must come before political gains,” Mishra told Shah in his letter written in Hindi.
“Please take the country into confidence before forming this unholy coalition government. The day this unholy government takes control, I, as an ordinary Indian, will wear a black ribbon to express my disappointment,” said Mishra.
With his sarcasm intact, Mishra signed off as ‘aapka shubhechchuk (your well wisher)’. And under his signature, it read, ‘Kapil Mishra, Ek aam Hindustani (An ordinary Indian)’.