#SpeakUpMehbooba: AAP asks her to clarify stand on Afzal Guru issue

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2016 16:44 IST
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti during a membership drive of the party in Jammu on Friday. (PTI)

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday asked PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to clarify her stand over Afzal Guru, who was convicted for the 2001 Parliament attacks and hanged three years ago.

Mufti had called him a martyr in the past. This comes at a time when Mufti is all set to stake claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

On Saturday, the PDP and the BJP will meet J-K governor NN Vohra in Jammu to stake claim to form the government. Mufti will become the first woman chief minister of the state with Nirmal Singh as her deputy.

After a series of tweets with #SpeakUpMehbooba, Kumar Vishwas released an open letter to Mufti on Saturday afternoon, which said:

“According to our sources, you have changed your old stand over Guru to facilitate the formation of this government. So as per the conditions of the alliance, you too agree with the stand of the rest of India on Afzal Guru, that he is a traitor and not a martyr. So you too, along with all the patriots like us, accept that Kashmir is an integral part of India.”

Vishwas also accused Mufti of using her power to prevent the arrest of few Kashmiri students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University after the Afzal Guru event.

“We have come to know that the arrest of some Kashmiri students, who raised the anti-India slogans in the JNU, was stalled on your instructions. So now (after alliance with the BJP), we expect you to get them arrested, or help the Centre in their arrest wherever they are,” Kumar said.

Jawaharlal Nehru University is the epicentre of the nationalism debate in the country after the February 9 event to commemorate Guru, during which pro-Pakistani slogans were allegedly raised.

Vishwas also congratulated PDP-BJP alliance for the new government in the state, while seeking a clarification over her stand on Afzal Guru issue. “Your new stand is appreciable and our party welcomes the big change you have had on this issue. We congratulate you for allying with the BJP, by agreeing with these conditions, to form the government.

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“We request you to come out and speak before the media that it was your mistake to call Afzal Guru a martyr and that you too believe he was a traitor. This will help clear the confusion over the formation of this new government.”

On Friday, AAP MLA Kapil Mishra wrote an open letter to BJP president Amit Shah asking if Mufti believes in chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and whether he would still ally with the PDP to form the government if she didn’t.

He also asked whether the PDP chief will accept that Afzal Guru was a terrorist. “If not, why is BJP so helpless to form the government?” asked Mishra.

After months of deadlock over the J-K government following the death of CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the discussion between the PDP and the BJP achieved a breakthrough on Friday.

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