Jammu: Several BJP legislators met Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday to lodge their protest over the release of Muslim League leader Masrat Alam and told him that he should follow “coalition dharma”.
The legislators met Mufti at his residence and asked him to open cases against Masrat, whose release has created a furore in Indian Parliament, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuring the parliamentarians that he has sought a clarification from coalition partner PDP.
His release drew flak from Opposition parties, especially Congress, which demanded that Alam should be arrested again.
“We expressed our serious concern to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and told him that we aren’t going to compromise on issues of national interest. It is a bigger cause for us than running a government,” said Rajiv Jasrotia, MLA Kathua, who was part of the delegation.
Jasrotia said Mufti assured them that their concerns will be considered, while rejecting as “misinformation campaign” PDP leaders’ statement that Alam’s release was in tune with the spirit of the Common Minimum Programme of the coalition government.
“We are equal partners in the government. We asked him that we must be consulted before any such decision is taken. Nowhere does CMP mention about releasing such people,” he said.
The legislators have asked Mufti that Alam’s statements after his release are a sufficient ground to re-arrest Alam under Public Safety Act.
“The BJP also impresses that all pending FIRs against Alam, the challans of which have not be presented, should be immediately investigated and challaned as per law,” the delegation said.
Jasrotia said the CMP of the coalition envisaged formation of a Steering Committee that would ensure smooth implementation of the CMP.