Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti said the state she had ruled, now stripped of its special status and divided into two Union territories, was a "laboratory" for the ruling BJP at the Centre.
Talking to reporters after the opposition meeting held at Patna, Mufti voiced fear of "Kashmirisation" of the entire country if the party returned to power. Alleging that three former Chief Ministers were ‘put in jail’ following the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, Mufti said that if the BJP returns to power in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, it will undertake the ‘Kashmirisation’ of the whole country.
The former J&K Chief Minister said "there is, indeed, an attack on the idea of India. It was most evident when they abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and put its leaders, including three former chief ministers, in jail", said Mufti, who was the last CM of the state.
News agency PTI reported that the top leaders of over 15 political parties participated in a meeting convened by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at this residence in Patna. Top opposition leaders participated in the meeting aimed at bringing together all like-minded parties on one platform.
Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Arvind Kejriwal, MK Stalin, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Hemant Soren were among the participating leaders in the meeting. The next opposition huddle will take place in Shimla on July 10-12.