• HIGHLIGHTS:
  • The former CM of Jammu and Kashmir had made the claims in a tweet on Monday
  • No context of her claims was provided by Mehbooba but it followed the UP government’s decisions to impose section 144 in the vulnerable district of Lakhimpur Kheri
  • Mufti has further said that the situation cannot be equated to that of Jammu and Kashmir, after the removal of its semi-autonomous status, but the “common denominators” remain clear

On Monday, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken a jab at the government by saying that the imposition of Section 144 which proscribes a gathering of more than four people, by the government, at places where “human rights and dignity is trampled”, has turned out to be its general approach. The former CM in a tweet has mentioned, “This government shows no hesitation in using an iron fist with its own people but welcomes Chinese troops with open arms.”

Although she has provided no context for her statement, it arrived ahead of the UP administration’s decision to bar the visit of significant political faces to the vulnerable district of Lakhimpur Kheri through the imposition of section 144 on Monday. The UP government has detained Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and has taken Samajwadi Party leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav into police custody. They were scheduled to meet the families of the victims of yesterday’s violent incident in the UP district.

Mufti has also maintained that the situation cannot be equated with the “oppression unleashed” in Jammu and Kashmir, after the removal of its semi-autonomous status in 2019, but the “common denominators” remain evident. She has said, “What started in J and K (Jammu and Kashmir) was sadly met with an air of indifference and has now engulfed the entire country. When will we speak up?”

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