The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday slammed Mehbooba Mufti for "expressing sympathy" towards those raising slogans against the country after she questioned the timing of filing of charge sheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case, in which seven Kashmiris have been named.
In her tweets on Monday, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president had alleged that "Kashmiris were being used to score extra political points" ahead of general elections.
"No surprises here. We are months away from the 2019 general election and like always, using Kashmiris to score extra political points with the Indian electorate has become somewhat of a pre-requisite," she had said.
"Timing of the charge sheet couldn't be any more suspicious. When UPA was in power, it decided to send Afzal Guru to the gallows and to this day, J&K is paying a price," she had said.
BJP vice president Avinash Rai Khanna said that the police were doing their job in the JNU case and he felt "pity" over the PDP leader's thinking.
“Police are doing their work and submitted the charge sheet in the case. There are some students who are not Kashmiris. They raised slogans against the country and she expresses sympathy with them. Sometimes, I feel pity over her thinking,” he told reporters.
On the BJP' prospects in Lok Sabha elections 2019 in the state, he said the party had won three seats in the last elections and “we are sure of strengthening the tally further this time”.
On Tuesday, Mehbooba Mufti said that local militants as "sons of soil" and efforts should be made to save them.
(With PTI inputs)