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Not NIA, your own people busy in destroying PDP: BJP to Mehbooba

Srinagar, July 21: A day after Former Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti alleged that New Delhi was threatening her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators, by saying that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would start investigations against them if they do not break away from the party, the BJP Saturday said that there was no need to use NIA for breaking the PDP as “their own people were busy in destroying the party”.

“Mehbooba should understand that before blaming others she should set things right in her own party. Your own people are busy in destroying your party, why should one need NIA to do so,” BJP’s State President Ravinder Raina was quoted saying by Kashmir News Service.

Raina suggested Mehbooba to concentrate on her own party affairs rather than blaming others.

“Today she said NIA, tomorrow she will say CBI. I think the PDP President should understand that her wrong decisions have created such a chaos in her party,” he said.

He said that the BJP is the party “which brings people together and does not believe in breaking people”.

The BJP president also rejected reports that his party is luring any MLA from PDP to form a government.

“No MLA from PDP or any other political party is in touch with the BJP. I want to make it clear here that we are not going to form government. BJP is satisfied with the Governor’s rule,” the BJP state president maintained.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president and former J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, in an interview in a recently filmed interview to News 18, said alleged that National Investigation Agency (NIA) was used as a threat against her party MLAs, who chose loyalty over money and ministerial berths.

Although she refused to name any particular PDP leader, Mehbooba alleged that many legislators, whom she met, told her that they were being “threatened with NIA” if they did not break away from the party.

“When they declared their support to PDP and refused to give in, they were threatened by: ‘koi baat nahi hamare paas NIA hai’ (We do have NIA with us),” she said.

“It seems Delhi is after us. If any of our MLAs is not motivated to join even after being offered money or ministry, they threaten him with NIA. I am not saying Delhi is a part of this. But I am saying a perception is being created,” she added.

She claimed she had informed New Delhi of it.

“I told them a perception is being created that if any MLA doesn’t give in, he is being threatened with NIA,” she said.

Earlier, Mehbooba had said if New Delhi tries to break PDP, more (Syed) Salahuddins, the United Jehad Council (UJC) chief and more Yasin Maliks, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief would be born again.

“See, to become a chief minister is not only our family right. Anyone can become chief minister but PDP is an idea which we have brought up after much difficulties. PDP has its own agenda and if BJP feels that PDP is not able to walk with the agenda, they are trying to create a perception that after August 15, they are going to form the government,” Mehbooba said.

The PDP chief said, “How are they going to form the government? They can, only if, they will break the PDP. It means of you are going to break the PDP, you will be repeating the events of 1987, 1984 and 1953.”