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Mehbooba facing flak for her controversial statements in J

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Jammu, Apr 16 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP) president and Lok Sabha member for Anantnag constituency Ms Mehbooba Mufti is facing flak for her alleged connivance with anti-national elements and her ''controversial and seditious'' statements.

The J&K unit of Janata Party and many other non-political organisations have decided to move President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Supreme Court for Mehbooba's disqualification from Lok Sabha.

Leaders of almost all political parties including main opposition National Conference (NC), National Panthers Party (NPP), partner of ruling coalition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Party (JP) have criticised Mehbooba's stand and asked Congress Party to clear its stand over the PDP chief's statement.

But on the other hand, the Congress state unit as well as national leadership have been maintaining silence over Mehbooba's statements. Although Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad earlier had rejected her ideas of 'self rule and demilitarisation' but after that he has not made any comment over PDP chief's controversial statements too.

NC patron and former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, in recent visit of J&K, has asked the Congress and its President Sonia Gandhi to clear its stand on Ms Mufti's controverisial statements.

Taking serious note of PDP MP's statement in which she had termed Kashmir's accession with India as 'conditional', he warned, ''being the head of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), it is the responsibility of Congress to clear its stand. The words of Ms Mehbooba were begining of a very dangerous and bad trend.'' NPP president Bhim Singh, while asking the Congress party to clear its stand on continuing the alliance in the state, expressed his deep concern and termed Ms Mufti's statement as secessionist.

''Keeping silence over Ms Mehbooba's provocative statements and her advocacy for Pakistan's agenda, Sonia Gandhi and Dr Singh are compromising just for the sake of power and vested politics,'' the NPP chief charged.

The state head of JP, Somnath Dabgotra has decided to move the advocacy of Pakistan's agenda in the Kashmir issue.

''The party is also taking legal opinion from lawyers to move to court or register FIR against Ms Mufti for her alleged connivance with anti-national elements,'' he added.

BJP state president Nirmal Singh questioned, ''When Simaranjit Singh Mann, the president of Akali Dal and separatists like Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan can be arrested for their seditious statements, why can't Ms Mufti be booked and arrested for her alleged anti-national activities.'' Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM), the organisation of Kashmiri Pandits, has decided to submit a memorandum to the President for her disqualification from the Lok Sabha.

Manch vice president Dr R L Bhat expressed serious concern over the dangerous political games of Ms Mufti. He accused her of launching anti-national tirade and said terming the acts of terrorists as 'qurbanis' and 'Shaheed'by paying due respect at their funerals amount to seditious activities.

Even PDP patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has also been desplaying uneasiness while replying to newspersone about the recent statements of her daughter who allegedly described hardcore terrorist and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as her godfather.

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