Changing names of cities a gimmick to deflect attention from real issues: Former J&K CM Mehbooba

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister on Tuesday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party government over changing names of cities and places in India.

The former J&K Chief Minister during whose reign more than 100 civilians were killed by government forces, took to twitter, and said that the name changing gimmick is done to deflect attention from real issues.

“At a time when our country is witnessing rising agrarian distress and unemployment, crores still live without a roof on their head. Name changing seems to be a mere gimmick to deflect attention from the real issues. Fail to understand what purpose would it achieve? Will it help in alleviating poverty or addressing inflation? Instead attempts are being made to distort history
(SIC),” Mehbooba tweeted.

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