BJP overthrows independence of electoral commission, says Mehbooba Mufti
PDP Chairman Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday accused the BJP of overthrowing the Electoral Commission to the point that it was no longer an independent body.
She alleged that the Election Commission has become “an extension” of the BJP. “He will do whatever the BJP tells him to do.”
“The Electoral Commission has been subverted to such an extent that it is no longer the independent body the country was proud of. Our electoral commissioners have been asked by other countries to seek expert advice on the conduct of elections,” Mufti told reporters in Khiram area of Anantnag district. .
She said the election commission did not act against the BJP even though the ruling party violated the laws.
“In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP leadership has campaigned for elections on a religious basis. Muslims are openly threatened but the election commission remains a silent spectator,” the PDP leader said.
The former chief minister has said that elections in Jammu and Kashmir will only take place when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives the green light.
“How can I tell when the elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir? It will be decided by the election commission and the commission will announce the elections when the BJP says so,” she said.
On the issue of governance, Mufti said the current government is determined to overturn everything.
“Look at our Kashmiri pundits who have been camping in Jammu for several months now. They are demanding that they be relocated to Jammu until the situation improves in Kashmir. But the government sometimes stops their salaries and sometimes stops their ration” , she said.
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the BJP is only exploiting the pain of the Kashmiri Pandits to garner votes in the elections.
“They don’t care about anyone whether it’s the Kashmiri pundits or anyone else. They just want to win the elections,” she added.