Few days back, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kapil Sharma asked BJP if PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti will chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'. Now, its ally in Maharashtra Shiv Sena has raised the same question for Mufti, who will be the first CM of Jammu and Kashmir in next few days with the BJP support.
“BJP and Mehbooba have never been comfortable with each other. Her anti-national talks and her affinity towards extremists have created controversies in the past and she has openly had a soft corner for those who raised anti-national slogans,” an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ claimed.
“Thus, BJP may be satisfied with supporting her for the CM’s post but the country is worried about it. The BJP is of the view that saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is way of expressing patriotism and nationalism. But will Mehbooba chant the slogan?” the ruling alliance partner asked.
Lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits have lost their lives due to terror attacks, the Sena said, adding that the BJP and PDP now have the responsibility to bring their lives back on track.
“Kashmiri Pandits have given up their lives chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and the new government will be formed on the land soaked in their blood. Thus, the country expects Mehbooba to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ before taking oath as the CM,” it opined.
The Sena further asked if Mehbooba’s stand on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has changed, considering that her party had refused to even acknowledge him as a terrorist.
“Does Mehbooba still want Afzal Guru’s body to be dug out from Tihar jail and buried in Kashmir with the honours of a martyr? Will she agree to take the reins of the state keeping nationalist views in mind?” it questioned.