People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehabooba Mufti on Wednesday, accused the Centre of “trying to break the Muslim-majority character” of the state. She also blamed the New Delhi government over playing with fire” in Jammu Kashmir by “implementing” BJP’s agenda.
She alleged that the governor is taking decisions which are against the people and the common sentiment of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba told the media persons that “The whole country and the Centre should accept that this (J-K) is a Muslim-majority state and the decisions should only be taken after taking care of the sentiments of the larger community as well as the minorities.”
Previously the government had declared that it is going to grant a division status to the Ladakh region. The former chief minister has strongly opposed the decision saying “We had warned the government that if you selectively create a division, the consequences would be grave.”
“They not only selectively created a division by ignoring the Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley but also discriminated in selecting its headquarter. For Kargil, Leh is perhaps far away than Srinagar is,” she quoted.
Last week, Ladakh was made a separate division by the state administrative council and Leh was chosen as its permanent headquarter. After the division Kargil raised a protest against the action.
Mehbooba said there seems to be “Central government’s hand” in the decision.
“We see a hand of the Central government in the decisions being taken now in the state. It seems the agenda, which we did not allow the BJP to implement is being implemented now through the governor which has led to a volatile situation in Kargil which otherwise was a peaceful area,” she said.
Mehbooba Mufti demanded rotational headquarter in Leh and Kargil as well as a separate division for Pir Panjal and Chenab valley. She claimed that if the demands are not fulfilled it will indicate there is “some hidden agenda to disempower the Muslims of J-K and divide them into religious and sectarian lines”.
Mehbooba thanked the people of Sikh community and the people of south Kashmir for arranging langars for the passengers stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

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