No basis to charge Omar, Mehbooba under PSA: Priyanka Gandhi

Srinagar

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said it is “pretty clear” the government has no basis to charge two former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti under the Public Safety Act and they must be freed.

Since when has becoming a “daddy’s girl” and encouraging people to vote become a crime against the nation, Priyanka Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

Her attack came after Omar Abdullah’s  “considerable influence” over people, including the ability to attract voters to polling booths despite poll boycott calls and the potential for channelling energies of public for any cause, was cited in support of his detention under the stringent PSA.

His political opponent and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti has been accused of accused of working with separatists, 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.

In a six-page government dossier, Mehbooba Mufti was also referred in the report as being called by the masses as ‘Daddy’s girl’ and ‘Kota Rani’.

“Since when has being a ‘Daddy’s girl’ and encouraging people to vote become a crime against the nation? I would be proud to be both!” Priyanka Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

“It’s pretty clear that the government has no basis for charging Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti with PSA. They must be freed,” Priyanka said.

Mehbooba Mufti, 60, and Omar Abdullah have been in preventive custody since August 5, when the government announced the end of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

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