G20 meeting in Kashmir: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti targeted the BJP government over the G20 summit to be held in Jammu and Kashmir from May 22 to 24 and said that the saffron party has hijacked the country’s event. He further said that the ruling BJP is trying to show the world that everything is fine.
“G20 is an event for the country but BJP has hijacked it, they have replaced the logo with a lotus, the logo should have belonged to the country, not the party… It is SAARC that will establish its leadership. ” Our country in this region… why not have a SAARC summit and our problem is resolved.’
It may be noted that in November last year, the central government had unveiled the logo for the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Jammu and Kashmir. There was also a lotus flower in the logo. A war of words broke out between the ruling BJP and the Congress over the use of the lotus flower in the logo.
,Karnataka victory of Congress is a ray of hope for the whole country.
Mufti lauded the people of Karnataka for giving a ray of hope to the entire country by defeating the “fascist, communal and divisive” BJP in the recently concluded assembly elections.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said, “Karnataka gave a ray of hope to the entire country when everyone had given up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and everyone in the BJP was using religion in the Karnataka elections, but still people voted him out.
He, however, cautioned people against the developments in Delhi, saying it was a wake-up call for all as it could happen anywhere in the country. Mufti was referring to an ordinance passed by the President on Friday, May 20, giving overriding powers to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi designated by the central government to oversee transfers, postings and disciplinary proceedings of civil servants in Delhi.
“Whatever happened in Delhi is a wake-up call for all. Whatever happened in Jammu and Kashmir is going to happen across the country.”
‘BJP does not want any opposition’
The PDP chief further said, “BJP does not want there to be any opposition. The Delhi government has been rendered powerless. This is going to happen to everyone.”
According to him, Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra laid the foundation for the Congress’s victory in the Karnataka assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra laid the foundation for Karnataka’s victory. The past five years were also a victim of hate and communal politics in Karnataka, but the state has again given democracy a chance. Here also the divisive politics was played in Karnataka. Now Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar will heal the wounds.”
‘Will not contest assembly elections till Article 370 is restored’
The former Chief Minister said that she will not contest the assembly elections till Article 370 is restored in her state. However, his party PDP will contest the elections. The PDP chief said, “I will not contest the assembly elections till Article 370 is restored in Jammu and Kashmir… I do not see assembly elections happening in the near future.”
Talking about his state, he said that special status was granted to Jammu and Kashmir, which was the best example of federalism, but “the state was dismembered, dismembered and nullified by abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution”. “.
“Today we have the most militarized state where harassment and searches are happening everyday in the name of security,” the former chief minister said.
‘JK now an open-air jail’
Stating that Jammu and Kashmir has become an open prison, Mufti alleged that China is now interfering in its affairs, which earlier only Pakistan used to do. “This is what the BJP has done by abrogating Article 370,” he said.
He said that during the swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, he spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and others about his state. “I want people to pay attention to what has happened in Jammu and Kashmir. All our passports have been confiscated. If this could happen to the family where I was a CM, and my mother the former CM late Mufti is the wife of Mohammad Syed.” And former Union minister, it can happen to everyone,” the PDP chief said.
To a question about the Congress not inviting chief ministers of several opposition parties during Siddaramaiah’s swearing-in ceremony yesterday, such as K Chandrasekhar Rao of the BRS, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress, Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP and Pinarayi Vijayan of the CPI(M), Mehbooba Mufti said- Congress will have to make more sacrifices; “otherwise there are other options”.
(with inputs from agencies)