Dozens of Shiv Sena Dogra Front (SSDF) activists on Saturday staged a protest here against PDP president Mehbooba Mufti for her remarks that she would only hold the tricolour when the flag of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir is restored.
Led by SSDF’s president Ashok Gupta, the protesters holding tricolour in their hands assembled at Rani Park and raised slogans against the former chief minister besides setting ablaze her pictures.
“We will not tolerate anti-national remarks of Kashmiri leaders like Mehbooba and Abdullah (National Conference president Farooq Abdullah). Prime Minister Narendra Modi should open the borders and send them to Pakistan and China as they have no place in India,” Gupta told reporters.
In her first media interaction after her release from 14-month detention in Srinagar on Friday, the PDP president said she was not interested in contesting elections or holding the national tricolour till the constitutional changes enforced on August 5 last year were rolled back.
In an act seen as defiance, the flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was prominently placed on a table in front of the PDP president, along with that of her party, during the press conference.
It was for the first time that the PDP displayed the flag of the erstwhile state at a party function or a presser.