BJP unnerved by PAGD’s decision of fighting DDC polls, our candidates barred from campaigning: Mehbooba Mufti

Visits Shopian, says LG Manoj Sinha, SEC KK Sharma spreading lies over free campaigning by all candidates, Ready to face jail if found involved in Roshini scam

Jehangeer Ganai

Shopian, Nov 25 : People’s Democratic Party chief and the key leader of PAGD Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that BJP is feeling unnerved over the PAGD’s decision of joining the DDC poll fray and that was why the alliance candidates are barred from going for campaigning in Southern districts and other parts of Kashmir.

Talking to reporters at Zainapora, Shopian, the PDP chief said that she had come to Zainapora to meet the PAGD candidate who was not unfortunately allowed for the past 15 days to come out of his home so that he could do his campaigning. “LG Manoj Sinha and SEC KK Sharma are making false claims that every candidate is allowed to go for campaigning. That’s why today, I came here myself to tell people of Zainapora and Shopian to vote for only PAGD candidates for the God’s sake so that BJP is kept away,” Mehbooba said. She said that PAGD candidates will work hard for the J&K’s identity that was “stolen on August 5, 2019.”

“They (BJP) will use Grenades and guns to bag seats, but people should defeat BJP this time and ensure victory of PAGD candidates,” she said, adding that Centre was of the belief that parties like National Conference, PDP, Peoples Conference and CPI(M) won’t participate in DDC polls so that they can ensure the victory of their candidates through “backdoor channels.”

Asked about the name of former PDP leader Haseeb Drabu surfacing among the 900 people who have allegedly grabbed land under Roshni Scam, the PDP president said that BJP is using ploys to divert attention. “At times, it uses DC to summon Farooq Abdullah and not Roshni Scam is a new ploy. If I would be found involved in Roshni Scam, I will be the first person to choose jail,” she said—(KNO)

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