Congress to stay away from Mehbooba Mufti’s swearing-in ceremony

  • PTI, Jammu
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2016 09:30 IST
Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, President of the Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party during Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in December 2015. (Gurinder Osan/ HT Photo)

Congress has decided to stay away from Monday’s swearing-in ceremony of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister-designate Mehbooba Mufti, terming the PDP-BJP coalition as “unholy alliance”.

“We have decided to stay away from tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony of chief minister-designate Mehbooba Mufti as this coalition was unholy from the very beginning and they have once again forged this unholy alliance,” chief state spokesman of Congress Ravinder Sharma said.

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The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place at Raj Bhawan in Jammu at 11 am.

“Both PDP and BJP have disrespected the mandate of the people, as they won the mandate by pitting people against each other on all ideological and core issues of Jammu and Kashmir and for the greed of power they decided to come closer,” Sharma said.

He said even PDP had admitted that forging an alliance with BJP was an “unpopular decision”.

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He said Congress’s decision to stay away from the swearing -in ceremony was also aimed at marking the protest against the “undemocratic removal” of the Congress governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.

“The BJP-RSS combine has dislodged two democratically-elected governments in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. They are involved in a conspiracy to dislodge and destabilise Congress-ruled states, hence we decided to stay away from the swearing-in ceremony,” Sharma said.

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