‘PDP Leaders Compelled Mehbooba’s Alliance With BJP Doesn’t Hold Water’

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SRINAGAR — Awami Itehad Party (AIP) president, Er Rasheed, Wednesday slammed former chief minister and PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, for her revela­tion that she was compelled by few party leaders to go against her wishes and form alliance with BJP. He said that this was a “confession that PDP’s agenda of alliance was an agenda of vest­ed interests.”

Er Rashid said that Mehbooba should apologize to the people of the state for preferring choice of her “blue-eyed colleagues over the interests of Kashmiris.”

“What Mehbooba Mufti has said is unfortunate and has un­masked the harsh reality that Mehbooba and her party have no ideology and have been fol­lowing an agenda that suits their personal likes and interests. It is unfortunate to say that her own words are a confession that she lacks will, commitment, sincer­ity and dedication towards all that what she has been preach­ing and promising in public do­main,” he said.

Rasheed further said that it was “mandatory for Mehbooba Mufti to name those individu­als who compelled her for the alliance with the BJP and she must also reveal what were the reasons that she succumbed to the pressure tactics of few indi­viduals and betrayed the entire masses.” “ She needs to know she and her colleagues were not running a private enterprise but a political party that promised to represent aspirations and senti­ments of masses”.

AIP leader said that even “if one believes in what she says, should she not have faced the situation and expelled those trai­tors within her party, rather try­ing to befool Kashmiris now and trying to gain false sympathy.” “It has been the most unfortunate tradition in Kashmir politics that leaders have first betrayed their people and then cried victim to stab them again. Mehbooba Mufti has unfortunately not only disap­pointed Kashmiris but her revela­tions have broken the trust of all those who voted for PDP in 2014”.

Er. Rasheed reminded Meh­booba that “mistakes of leaders are always having huge conse­quences on the masses and she must either quit politics or

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