New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday lambasted at the Home Ministry’s draconian idea of detention of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and demanded that all of them “must be freed”. Also Read - Encounters Break Out in Kulgam, Anantnag Day After J&K Police Gun Down 7 Terrorists
“Since when has being a “Daddy’s girl” & encouraging people to vote become a crime against the nation? I would be proud to be both! It is pretty clear that the government has no basis for charging @OmarAbdullah & @MehboobaMufti with PSA. They must be freed,” Vadra charged at the central government. Also Read - Omar Abdullah Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says 'For a Year Did My Best to Dodge this Virus'
Earlier today, the Home Ministry, in a six-page dossier, cited grounds for her detention and claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supremo was working with separatists. Mufti was accused, as per the dossier, of “glorifying militants” and for her “dangerous and insidious machinations and usurping profile and nature by the masses as ‘daddy’s girl'”.
The MHA document compared her to ‘Kota Rani’, a historical medieval queen of Kashmir who rose to power by poisoning her opponents, and also accused her of making anti-national statements and extending support to organisations such as the Jamaat-e-Islamia, which has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Meanwhile, Omar had been under preventive detention since August 5 last year and his sister called the February 6 order under PSA “unconstitutional and a flagrant violation of fundamental right”.
Former Chief Ministers of now-bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained the night before the Centre’s controversial move on August 5, abrogating Article 370 from the Indian Constitution. Hundreds of mainstream politicians and activists were followed their ship. Omar’s father Farooq Abdullah was also held under a house arrest during the clampdown.
They were later moved from the Centaur hotel on the banks of the Dal Lake to the MLA hostel in November 2019, in a massive clampdown as the Centre scrapped the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.