PM Modi admits BJP-PDP alliance was a ‘mahamilawat’

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April 20, 2019 12:05 PM

PM Modi also compared the situation under the previous two chief ministers of the restive state and suggested that the situation was somewhat better under Mufti Mohammad.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has admitted that the alliance between the BJP and PDP in Jammu and Kashmir was a ‘Mahamilawat’ and such alliance does not last for long. He was speaking on the BJP-PDP alliance and why it failed. The Prime Minister suggested that the alliance was the only option as no party had got the required number to form the government.

“I agree to the fact that such mahamilawat (alliances) don’t last very long. It was the need of the hour and we went ahead with it,” PM Modi said in an interview to Times Now. He also compared the situation under the previous two chief ministers of the restive state and suggested that the situation was somewhat better under Mufti Mohammad.

Speaking on the governance under Mufti, PM Modi said: “The developmental work was given priority…construction of roads, schools and hospitals picked pace. We felt that if we could keep the other issues aside and focus on these issues. The work for the common people should not halt.”

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away in January 2016. After his demise, Mehbooba Mufti took the charge as the chief minister of the state. Commenting on the issue that probably led to the break-up, the PM said that Mehbooba was unwilling to Panchayat elections that were needed for the development of the state.

“We believed that if the state has to progress, it was imperative to give some powers to the panchayats. They will have to be given funds directly from the Centre. We would have to trust them with the responsibility of carrying out development work at their level. She was unwilling to give in,” PM Modi said.

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