Rahul Gandhi unfurled tricolour at a time when constitutional assurances given to J&K demolished by BJP: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar : PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi unfurled the national flag here under “different circumstances” when Jammu and Kashmir has been turned into a “military garrison” and assurances given by the Indian constitution have been demolished by BJP

She said in 1948 when former prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru first unfurled tiranga in Kashmir amongst a sea of people,it was a momentous occasion marked by celebrations.

“People of J&K had successfully fought off invaders by pushing them back & thus began a new relationship with India based on mutual trust & respect,” she said in a statement.

“Nehru’s efforts ensured a muslim majority J&K acceded to India. He assured Kashmiris & allayed concerns about preserving their identity not only in terms of religion but also culturally within India.This was achieved through constitutional safeguards guaranteed by Article 370,” Mufti said.

“Today history stands witness as RG (Rahul Gandhi) unfurled the same flag albeit under completely different circumstances at a time when J&K has been turned into a military garrison.Assurances given by Indian constitution have been demolished by BJP & is a complete betrayal,” she said

“Despite these facts, BJP claims to have resolved the Kashmir issue by the unconstitutional abrogation of Article 370. Not only have they failed to address the issue but also gifted 2000 sq km of our territory to China,” she claimed