Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party chief Syed Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday castigated the People Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti by calling her a “thief”. He said he is feeling ashamed of himself for standing with a person who “plundered” resources of erstwhile state for her personal gains.
Bukhari said that he could not sleep for the whole night after reading the statement of Mehbooba wherein she claimed that PDP was not for the restoration of statehood of J&K but Article 370.
“I want to ask her how one can bring back 370 without the restoration of statehood. She wants this place to remain as backward by opposing statehood. What does she want to prove,” he asked.
Bukhari, who was a cabinet minister during PDP-BJP regime, asked if she is opposing the statehood at the behest of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration.
“What drama is she playing? She calls others as B-team [of BJP]. So, is she doing it for being A-team,” he asked while addressing party workers from Bijbehara, Kupwara and other places at his Srinagar office.
Taking a dig at Mehbooba, Bukhari said, “I wonder whether she deserved the respect we gave her at one point of time. And irony is that she opposed statehood at a place which is just 50 kms away from the other side of Kashmir where two families are divided just because of leaders like her.”
Bukhari said that one of the PDP leaders is a master in narrating “Ram Katha.”
“Are we supposed to tell Ram Katha to people who are suffering or we should work towards mitigating the sufferings of people,” he asked, adding that “perhaps she (Mehbooba) is trying to hide her illegal assets and properties.” (KNO)