"Aarey Trees Greater Than Kashmiri Lives": Mehbooba Mufti Tweet Draws BJP Barb

"Aarey Trees Greater Than Kashmiri Lives": Mehbooba Mufti Tweet Draws BJP Barb

"Aarey Trees Greater Than Kashmiri Lives": Mehbooba Mufti Tweet Draws BJP Barb(file image)

New Delhi: Detained Jammu and Kashmir politician Mehbooba Mufti used the Aarey Colony issue to highlight the situation in the state. Her tweet comes after the Supreme Court on Monday stopped the cutting of trees in Mumbai's Aarey Colony until October 21 following protests by environmentalists. "Aarey trees > Kashmiri lives," read a tweet from her account. Her account is operated by her daughter Iltija. While cheering Mumbai's green activists, she said the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been denied the right to "free speech and expression".

"Glad that activists were able to stop the felling of trees at Aarey. One wonders why the Kashmiris have been deprived of the very same right to free speech and expression. GOI (Government of India) claims they are now at par with other Indians but the truth is they've been stripped of even fundamental rights," said the former chief minister's tweet.

Ms. Mufti has been under detention since August 5, when the centre revoked Article 370 and split the state into two union territories.

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The centre had rushed in thousands of paramilitary into the state and placed restrictions on large gatherings before announcing its move. It also blocked telecom lines and either arrested or detained hundreds of political leaders as precautionary measures.

The BJP has taken exception to her tweet.

"While she is entitled to have a point of view, she has made a rather unfortunate comparison to say that the Supreme Court is not concerned with issues, and that too with Jammu and Kashmir. The Supreme Court has heard matters, in fact, ironically, her own daughter went to the Supreme Court and was allowed to meet with her family members and to meet with her mother," BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.

"This appears to be the mindset of such people, who will speak for the Supreme Court as if it's the best institution when they get judgements or orders in their favour, but when they want to do politics, they will even drag the top court and make it a target," he added.

The cutting of trees in the Aarey colony has become a big issue in the city. Thousands of Mumbaikars are on the street to protest against the decision. 29 activists were arrested on Friday when authorities began cutting trees following the Bombay High Court's refusal to intervene in the matter.

The Supreme court was today told by the centre that no more trees need to be cut at Mumbai's Aarey.

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