Jammu & Kashmir: Protesters Take To the Streets Against Mehbooba Mufti’s Tricolour Remark
At a media address on Friday, the former CM of J&K said that she will not hoist the Indian flag till Article 370 is restored in the region
Former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti stirred a massive controversy after her comment on the national flag on 23 October (Friday). While addressing a press conference, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief said that she will not accept the Indian flag as hers till the central government- revoked Article 370 is reinstated in the former state. Referring to the Narendra Modi government as dacoits who have stolen the freedom of the people of J&K, the politician said that she is anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and not anti-national.
Protesters took to the streets of Jammu shouting slogans against the PDP leader and later reached outside her party’s office premises to hoist the Indian flag. A clash followed between the police and the demonstrators, with the former finally allowing the agitators to hoist India’s flag at the location. However, Mufti’s followers removed the tricolour soon after.
The former J&K CM was in detention for the last one year after the abrogation of the law that gave a special status to the now union territory. Soon after her release, she joined hands with other Kashmiri leaders including National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah to sign the second version of the Gupkar Declaration.
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