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Mehbooba Mufti warns Delhi against splitting PDP, says it will lead to 1987-like situation

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JAMMU: In a veiled attack on the BJP, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has warned that any attempt to engineer defections in her party PDP will lead to serious consequences.

Speaking to reporters, Mufti said, ”Delhi’s attempt to split the PDP will give birth to separatists like Yasin Malik and Syed Salahuddin. Any attempt to break PDP will only lead to a 1987-like situation.” 

Mufti made these remarks weeks after the BJP severed its ties with PDP and pulled out of the ruling coalition government led by Mehbooba Mufti.

Though the PDP leader did not name BJP, it is being seen as a direct warning to the saffron party.

Mufti had earlier warned the BJP after it ended its ties with PDP and said that any attempt to engineer defections in her party “will erode the trust of the Kashmiris in Indian democracy”.

“If Delhi intervenes and breaks our party, and makes Sajad Lone or whosoever as the Chief Minister, it will erode the trust of the Kashmiris in Indian democracy. Any intervention from Delhi will be taken seriously,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief had said.

She said this amid reports of BJP trying to engineer a split in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after breaking away from its erstwhile ally.

“It (any attempt to break the parties) can have serious repercussions and will strengthen the forces calling for the boycott of elections, as it will send out a message that mandate of the people is not being respected,” PDP chief had said.

However, BJP’s general secretary and its pointsman for Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav, rejected reports that his party was working to form a government with the help of rebel MLAs from other parties. He reiterated that his party was for Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for the return of normalcy.

Source: Zee News

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