Modi wasted mandate to resolve Kashmir issue, alleges Mehbooba

Bijbehara: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasted mandate to resolve the Kashmir issue, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said she was forced to enter into a coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing party leaders and workers after paying floral tributes to her father former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on his third death anniversary here on Monday, she said Mr Modi wasted his mandate in the country due to which situation in the valley has deteriorated.
She said when Mr Modi visited Kashmir there were high expectations that he will follow former prime minister Atal Behari Vajapyee, but it did not happen. “People here expecting healing touch and resumption of dialogue with Pakistan but unfortunately Mr Modi remained silent,” she said, adding resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan was necessary to resolve all the issues for restoration of peace in the valley.
“I was against forming the coalition government with BJP, but was forced to do so by some of my leaders,” she alleged.
Ms Mehbooba, who headed coalition government before her partner BJP pulled out, claimed that she was totally against having coalition with the saffron parry.
However, she alleged some of her party leaders went to Nagpur and promised the central leaders that they will obey their orders if Mehbooba was ignored. Though, she did not name the leaders.
“I refused to have any coalition with BJP that is why it took two month as I first wanted fulfillment of some of the promises made in the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between the two parties agreed when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed headed the coalition government,” she said.
However, she said she had to form the coalition government to save the party because of the circumstances created within the party.
Highlighting some of the achievement of her government, Ms Mehbooba said she withdraw the cases against 12000 youths registered during National Conference (NC)-Congress rule despite opposition by her partner BJP. “One month ceasefire during holy Ramazan was also opposed by the BJP but I stood firm,” she said.
She also referred to Kathua rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl and said she refused to hand over the case to CBI. She said a union minister also was ready to hold talks, but there was no response from Hurriyat leaders.



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