Slamming BJP Mehbooba Mufti said, “For Indian Muslims, it is not enough to be an Indian”

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah on Sunday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), amid the ongoing hijab controversy of Karnataka, which has seen protests against Muslim students wearing hijab not being allowed to enter educational institutes, and counter-protests by Hindu students against hijab on campuses.

Mufti ally-turned-vocal critic of the BJP, which is also in power at the Centre, claimed that the party won’t stop at hijab.

“They will come for other symbols of Muslims and erase all. For Indian Muslims, it is not enough to be an Indian, they have to be BJP as well,” she said.

Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah stated that everyone has freedom. He said everyone is free to wear, to eat as they wish and practice their religious beliefs. “There are some radical elements who are attacking a religion in an attempt to win polls by dividing people on communal lines,” Abdullah said.

The politicians’ remarks come a day before a three-judge bench of the Karnataka high court, headed by chief justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, will resume hearing petitions challenging the Karnataka government’s ‘ban’ on wearing the Islamic headscarves on campuses. 

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