Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti calls PM Modi ‘the man of guts’, says the state needs him

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New Delhi | March 24, 2017 11:00 AM

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was full of praises for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while campaigning for her brother Mufti Tassaduq Hussain, who is the party’s candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was full of praises for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while campaigning for her brother Mufti Tassaduq Hussain, who is the party’s candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha by poll. “If there is any leader who can talk to Pakistan it is him (Modi). Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister for 10 years. He had a wish to visit the other side (Pakistan) as he was born there and wanted to see his ancestral home. But he could not muster the courage,” said Mehbooba who vacated this seat after her election to the Legislative Assembly.

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She said the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could never muster the courage to visit his ancestral home while PM Modi was brave enough to attend the wedding of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s kin’s wedding. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi can take bold steps like resuming talks with Pakistan and is better for Jammu and Kashmir than his predecessor Manmohan Singh who could not even visit his ancestral home there. Even then, if there is anyone with the mandate to heal the wounds of people of Jammu and Kashmir, take the state out of the morass, start a dialogue with Pakistan and make the atmosphere conducive, it is only Narendra Modiji and no one else,” she added while addressing the PDP workers.

Speaking about the importance of Jammu and Kashmir for connecting with rest of the world she added, “China is constructing road (CPEC) in the part of Jammu and Kashmir on other side of LoC. It will connect that part of the state with China, Central Asia and south Asia.” Mehbooba said he father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had a similar intention. “But after 1947 we were besieged. We were befooled by leaders since 1947. If we had sought to open of these routes, Jammu and Kashmir would have been number one state in the country in terms of development,” she added.

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She continued that it is because of these reasons that Jammu and Kashmir needs a leader like Modi. “We don’t only have bijli, pani and sadak issues, we have humanitarian issues. If they (India and Pakistan) are talking about Indus Water Treaty today, tomorrow they will talk about opening of the roads. You should walk with your head held high. The decision to ally with the BJP was taken only to take out Jammu and Kashmir from the morass. There was no greed in it,” she added.

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