Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday issued a veiled threat to the BJP-led government at the Centre warning it against any attempt to break her party - Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said efforts by 'New Delhi' to break PDP will only increase trouble in the Valley and more separatists like Salahuddin and Yasin Malik would be born.
"If Delhi, tries to dismiss the voting rights of people like 1987, if it tries to create divisions and interfere like that then I think just like a Salahuddin and a Yasin Malik were born in 1987...if it tries to break PDP like that then outcomes will be dangerous," Mehbooba Mufti said.
Reacting to Mehbooba's statement, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah took a dig at the Opposition party, saying no one will 'mourn its 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," Omar Abdullah said in his tweet.
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. https://t.co/aEmQXe0YaL— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 13, 2018
"She 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," he added.
Ever since the BJP pulled out of alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir last month resulting in collapse of the Mehbooba government, speculations are rife that the saffron party is in touch with several PDP MLAs to form a new government in the state.
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Several PDP leaders are said to be disgruntled by the party leadership demanding an end to the "two-family power-sharing model" in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last week, PDP MLC Yasir Reshi extended support to a faction of disgruntled party, saying an alternatice to the traditional "two-family system" was necessary.
"I am in complete conformity with the views expressed recently by my esteemed colleagues, to find an alternative to the traditional two-family system," Reshi said in a statement.
He has supported the group of PDP leaders led by Pattan MLA and former minister Imran Ansari and his MLA uncle from Zadibal, Abid Ansari, who have accused PDP president Mehbooba Mufti of nepotism and incompetence during her tenure as chief minister of the coalition government with the BJP.
Tangmarg MLA Abbas Wani, Noorabad MLA Abdul Majid Paddar and Baramulla MLA Javaid Beigh have also thrown their weight behind the Ansaris.
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