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Degree of oppression increased in J&K after Gupkar alliance decided to contest DDC polls: Mehbooba Mufti

Mufti alleged that candidates of PAGD have been confined and are not being allowed to go out for campaigning for the District Development Council (DDC) elections.

SRINAGAR: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that ever since the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) decided to participate in the DDC election, the degree of oppression has increased in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mufti alleged that candidates of PAGD have been confined and are not being allowed to go out for campaigning for the District Development Council (DDC) elections.

"After we decided to participate in the DDC election, the degree of oppression has increased in Jammu and Kashmir. Candidates of PAGD are confined and are not allowed to go out for campaigning. How candidates will contest if they are not allowed to canvass?" she asked.

The PAGD, a coalition of seven mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir seeking the restoration of the erstwhile state's special status, is contesting the DDC polls together. National Conference, People's Democratic Party, People's Conference, Awami National Conference, CPM, CPI and J&K People's Movement are part of the amalgam.

The former J&K chief minister also hit out at the BJP, saying it wants to develop an ecosystem of itself where there is no place for democracy

"They call Muslims as 'Pakistani', Sardars as 'Khalistani', activists as 'Urban Naxal' and students as members of 'Tukde Tukde gang' and 'anti-national'. I fail to understand if everyone is terrorist and anti-national, then who is 'Hindustani' in this country, only BJP workers?" the PDP chief said.

 

 

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