On Saturday, in an exclusive interview with news agency ANI, Modi had said, “Even a single incident is one too many and deeply unfortunate. Everyone should rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in our society.”
“Heartening to know that two MLAs from BJP, Rajesh Gupta followed by Dr Gagan (Bhagat), have raised their voice in defence of Article 35-A,” Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter.
The Supreme Court Monday adjourned the hearing on petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution to define “permanent residents” of the state.
Mehbooba Mufti’s statement came days before a Supreme Court hearing on petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution, which grants special rights and privileges to the state’s residents.
Mufti said that those who “carry the Tricolour and support people who have committed crime with a little girl” only to create a divide between Hindus and Muslims are “not real Dogras”.
Addressing party workers at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Park, Mufti also asked regional parties in the state to join hands and defend Article 35(A).
“It is my request that he (Modi) should grab the opportunity and respond positively to the offer of friendship by Imran Khan,” Mehbooba Mufti said.
Party insiders said some senior leaders who held portfolios in the previous Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government were likely to get key posts following the restructuring.
Seven PDP legislators had come out in the open against revolted against the party leadership after the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state fell, following the withdrawal of support by the saffron party.
Mehbooba Mufti’s party urged Governor N N Vohra to “review” the decision.
Omar Abdullah added that both Jammu and Kashmir have been united in welcoming the fall of the Mehbooba Mufti government. “There are lessons in this, for us, as well as the previously ruling party.”
Calling Mehbooba Mufti’s remarks “unfortunate” and one based on “lies”, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav denied allegations that the BJP was trying to create a rift within PDP.
The BJP leader challenged Mehbooba Mufti to execute her threat, saying that “if you create one Salahuddin, we will send ten Bhagat Singhs from Jammu.”
Emphasising that “without Delhi” there can be no break up or alliance in J&K, Mehbooba said the PDP is intact and “homes have problems that can be resolved”.
While the PDP has not expelled Yashir Reshi, a member of the legislative council, his removal from the party post is seen as aimed towards sending a message to other dissenting party members.