People’s Democratic Party President and former Chief Minister J&K Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday urged Muslims across the country to give a befitting reply to the BJP and their mischief through votes.

Mehbooba was speaking to media persons in Srinagar on emerging political issues including notifying of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

“In last 10 years, BJP government has failed to contain rising unemployment, suicide by farmers, inflation etc. Now they are trying to divert attention of people and wish to trigger communal riots in the country by harming Muslims in India,” Mehbooba who was replying to CAA implementation told reporters.

She said BJP tested every single drop of water to harm and isolate Muslims of the country. “Demolition of houses, Mosques, abusing & kicking-out  Muslims during prayers (Namaz) are the tools BJP employed in their rule. They want to make Muslims ready to hit the roads and make ground ready for communal riots in the country for political gains. CAA is the latest one they came up with. I appeal to both Hindu’s and Muslim’s to realise the situation and don’t fall into their malicious trap,” Mehbooba held.

She said democracy and constitution are the best things of our country, and appealed Muslims dwelling in the country to step out on polling days and give the right answer to the machinations of the BJP. “It is the high time for Muslims across the country to give the BJP a befitting reply through votes,” Mehbooba appealed.

Replying to a query, Mehbooba said that Jammu and Kashmir is a very fragile region and any intervention into wooden or agricultural lands should be taken up after proper expertise. “Fruit industry is the backbone of our economy. Railway projects are good things, but it should not be at the cost of cutting down apple trees and ruining locals livelihood. There should have been a proper mechanism. Experts opinion is must before executing up any plan. Uttrakhand is a live example before us. We shouldn’t make J&K like Uttrakhand,” Mehbooba added. (KNS)