Soon after the PDP-BJP coalition ended on June 19, Mehbooba warned the BJP that “any attempt to engineer defections in her party would erode the trust of the Kashmiris in Indian democracy.”
Now again Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned Delhi that more Salah-ud-Dins (Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief) and Yasin Maliks (JKLF chief) would be born if delhi tries to “break” her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“If Delhi tries to break PDP then the outcome will be dangerous,” she told reporters on the occasion of Martyr's Day function at Martyr's graveyard in old city here.
Referring to the 1987 Assembly elections when large-scale rigging created unrest in the Valley and the subsequent outbreak of militancy, Mehbooba warned that if Delhi dismisses the voting rights of people like 1987 and creates divisions then Salah-ud-Dins and Yasin Maliks would be born again.
Reacting to Mehbooba's latest statement, her predecessor and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took a dig at the PDP saying no one will ‘mourn PDP demise.’ “Let me put this out here for all to remember NOT ONE NEW MILITANT WILL BE CREATED WITH THE BREAK UP OF THE PDP. People will not mourn the demise of a party created in Delhi only to divide the votes of Kashmiris (sic),” he tweeted.
Blaming that the militancy was reborn during PDP’s more than three-year tenure, Omar said, “She (Mehbooba) must really be desperate if she is threatening the Centre with renewed militancy if PDP breaks up. She seems to have forgotten that militancy in Kashmir has already been reborn under her most able administration.”
Ever since the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the PDP last month, speculations are rife that the saffron party is trying to break the PDP to form a new government in the state.
At least six PDP legislators have rebelled against Mehbooba in recent days alleging her of “nepotism” and called for an end to “family rule” in the state.
Earlier, Sending a strong message to the rebels, Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sacked one of the dissident leaders from the post of district president of Bandipora in North Kashmir.
Yasir Reshi, who is the Member of Legislative Council (MLC), was among the six lawmakers who raised the banner of revolt against the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti and called for an alternative to the traditional two family systems, apparently hinting at Mufti and Abdullah families who control PDP and National Conference respectively.
Earlier, however, Mufti reached out to the dissidents and met four MLAs including two rebels in a bid to reunite the party and foil the BJP's plan to poach on their leaders.
In her second leg of reach-out, Mehbooba met four MLAs –Abdul Rahim Rather, representing Kokarnag constituency; Javed Mustafa Mir, representing Chadoora constituency; Abdul Majeed Paddar, representing Noorabad constituency; and Abdul Haq Khan, representing Lolaab constituency.
Insiders said Mehbooba listened to the leaders passionately and assured them to look into their grievances. The dissidents, sources said, assured her that they are PDP loyalists and do not intend to leave the party.