PDP (People’s Democratic Party) leader from Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti has given a statement while speaking at the PDP’s Tribal Youth Convention, that, defeating the BJP in Uttar Pradesh is bigger independence than what we got in 1947.
She said in Hindi, “getting rid of this party in Uttar Pradesh will be a greater Azadi (freedom) than 1947”. She said this as she believed that the BJP is trying to divide the nation.
Several states in India are currently poll-bound which includes Uttar Pradesh. Against this backdrop, Mufti said, “Assembly elections are going to take place in Uttar Pradesh, so they (BJP) are recalling Aurangzeb and Babar. Today, we have got a chance to get rid of the BJP. It will be greater Azadi than India’s freedom of 1947 because they wanted to divide the country.”
The PDP president urged the youth to read history, take inspiration from it and write their own destiny with pen and paper.
“History gives an opportunity to play a role… 70 years ago people of India availed this opportunity and freed India from the British rule. Today, we have another opportunity to get rid of the BJP. If we succeed, this development will be much bigger than India’s freedom from British rule,” she said.
Mehbooba claimed that the region of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to Mahatma Gandhi’s India and not Nathuram Godse’s India.
“We will not allow this country to become Nathuram Godse’s nation. They pray to Godse but Gandhi was the biggest Hindu, a vegetarian, and a secular leader who was not having any hatred against anyone, even those who were non-vegetarians,” she added.
She called the politics of the BJP as communal and said, ““You are not the godfather of Hindus and this country. We have to stand up and face the challenges together, irrespective of our religion, caste and creed and counter them by spreading love and friendship,”
She spoke to youth and said, ““Today, the youth have a responsibility because coming generations will ask you whether you stood up to BJP’s onslaught on our identity and culture or meekly surrendered,”