‘Today, I wonder whether PDP chief deserved the respect we gave her at one point of time; By opposing statehood, what does she want to prove; how can we bring 370 back without statehood’

Srinagar, Feb 17: J&K Apni Party chief Syed Altaf Bukhari today spewed venom against the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti by calling her a “thief”, stating he is feeling ashamed of himself for standing with a person who plundered resources of erstwhile state for her personal gains.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Bukhari said that he couldn’t sleep for the whole night after reading the statement of Mehbooba wherein she claimed that PDP was not for restoration of statehood but article 370. “I want to ask her how one can bring back 370 without restoration of Statehood. She wants this place to remain as backward, by opposing statehood what does she want to prove,” he said.

Bukhari, who was a cabinet minister during PDP-BJP regime, said that is she opposing the statehood at the behest of PAGD. “What drama is she playing? She calls others as B team, so is she doing it for being A team,” he said addressing party workers from Bijbehara, Kupwara and other places at his Srinagar office.

Taking a dig at Mehbooba, Bukhari said that “I wonder whether you deserved the respect we gave you 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 said, adding that “Perhaps she (Mehbooba) is trying to hide her illegal assets and properties—(KNO)

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