Today Congressman Rahul Gandhi attacked the government over the continued detention of People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti, tweeting that it “damaged” Indian democracy. On Friday, a day before Eid and nearly a year after his detention, the detention of the PDP leader – who was charged under the Public Security Act – was extended.
The government, however, released Sajad Gani Lone, another partner in the latest coalition with the BJP, led by Ms. Mufti. The BJP ended the coalition in June 2018 and Jammu and Kashmir has been under central rule ever since.
“India’s democracy is damaged when the Indian government illegally detains political leaders. It is high time that Mehbooba Mufti is released,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi, who has been attacked on the government every day on social media about the economy, the coronavirus epidemic and China. .
Indian democracy is damaged when the Government of India illegally detains political leaders.
It is high time that Mehbooba Mufti was released.
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) Aug 2, 2020
Congress earlier ruled on extending Ms. Mufti’s detention. On Saturday, top congressional leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram said the extended detention was an “abuse of the law” and “an attack” on the constitutional rights of every citizen of the country. “
“How is the 61-year-old former chief minister, a protected person in 24-hour security guard, a threat to public safety?” he asked in a message on Twitter.
Ms Mufti was among hundreds of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir who were detained last year as the Center terminated the state’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided it into two Union territories. This decision was seen as a precautionary measure against any backlash.
But since then most of the leaders have been released. In March, former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah were released by the Center days before the lockdown was announced.