New Delhi: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday praised the Hurriyat, Pakistan and militants for allowing successful elections in the state, evoking strong reactions from the opposition even as ally BJP reacted with caution.
“Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants allowed conducive atmosphere for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir,” CM Sayeed said in his first press conference after assuming office as chief minister of the state.
Mufti Sayeed’s statement drew very strong response from the opposition parties in the state.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah took a dig at BJP questioning its stand on the issue.
Dear BJP, please explain role of security forces and polling staff considering your CM just said ‘Pak allowed elections in J&K’, Omar tweeted.
“Pakistan, Huriyaat & Militants ALLOWED peaceful conduct of elections” says Mufti Syed. I guess we should be grateful for their generosity.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 1, 2015
“Pakistan, Huriyaat & Militants ALLOWED peaceful conduct of elections” says Mufti Syed. I guess we should be grateful for their generosity.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 1, 2015
Dear @BJP4India please explain roll of security forces & polling staff considering your CM just said "Pakistan allowed elections in J&K".— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 1, 2015
Dear @BJP4India please explain roll of security forces & polling staff considering your CM just said "Pakistan allowed elections in J&K".
The BJP reacted to the CM’s statement with caution.
The BJP refused to be drawn into the controversy. “The peaceful polls in Jammu and Kashmir was conducted with the support of the Election Commission and other security agencies, besides those who believe in the Indian Constitution,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma.
Earlier talking to reporters while unveiling the agenda of the new govt, Mufti Sayeed said, “We want to make the alliance a turning point in history to win the hearts and minds of all people of the state.”
Stressing the need to engage all stakeholders, CM Sayeed said, “I say take the Hurriyat and the separatist on board, they too have a viewpoint.”
Justifying alliance with BJP, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that he went for this alliance not out of any compulsion, but out of conviction.
Mr Sayeed also voiced hope that the induction of separatist-turned-mainstream-politician Sajjad Gani Lone in the cabinet would open avenues for others to follow suit. Kashmir, he also added, was the only Muslim majority state which rejected Jinnah’s theory and acceded to India.
“In Kashmir complete autonomy and in Jammu ‘Ek Pradhan, Ek Vidhan, Ek Nishan‘. This has happened. We want to connect Kashmiri People with rest of the country… History has given us a chance.”
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