PM Narendra Modi disapproves of Mufti Sayeed’s comments

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New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 10:41:57 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear on Tuesday that the BJP-PDP government in the state would run only on the basis of the...

In an unambiguous disapproval of controversial remarks made by the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear on Tuesday that the BJP-PDP government in the state would run only on the basis of the CMP worked out by the two parties and there would be “zero tolerance” of terrorism.

Modi also said in the Rajya Sabha that the credit for the successful elections in J and K goes to the people of the state who “removed doubts” in the international community by turning up in large numbers with “overwhelming courage and pride” and “put their stamp of approval on what India had been saying all along”.

After he was sworn in as Chief Minister on Sunday, Sayeed gave credit to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants for the smooth conduct of elections in the state, kicking up a huge controversy.

“If somebody makes such a statement, we can never support it,” Modi said referring to the controversial remarks made by Sayeed who is heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Members in the House have been demanding Modi’s response to the remarks made by Sayeed.

“If somebody makes a statement somewhere and we are forced to respond here, things will not work,” the Prime Minister said.

He asserted that his government “will move ahead with the policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism” and “all resolutions passed here (in Parliament) will be implemented in letter and spirit.”

Modi underlined the faith in people of J and K while asserting his government’s commitment to unity and integrity.

On questions by some members whether BJP will pull out of the coalition government over the issue, Modi said the government will run only on the basis of Common Minimum Programme (CMP).

“I want to assure this House and 125 crore people of the country that the government formed in Jammu and Kashmir is based on the Common Minimum Programme and the government will run on its basis,” he said while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.

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