Udhampur: Amid the sharp criticism he faces in valley over forging alliance with the ‘fanatic’ BJP, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday justified the bonhomie, saying “he saw an opportunity for peace and development for entire state by coming together with the saffron party.”
The Chief Minister flanked by his daughter and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and other PDP leaders , while addressing a convention of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) workers in Jammu’s Uhamdpur district said the alliance with the BJP was forged to put lid over the politics of uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir.“I joined hands with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to bring people from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh together with their fellow countrymen and to end the politics of uncertainty,” Mufti said.
The Chief Minister said the fractured mandate in 2014 elections was by far the biggest challenge for him and his party in which he saw a new hope and an opportunity for reconciliation in the state. “Our tie up with BJP did not happen in a day. It was not a knee-jerk reaction. We discussed in detail all critical issues for nearly two months and arrived at an Agenda of Alliance, which is the passport to peace and economic prosperity of the state,” he added.
The parliament member and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in her address hailed the peace efforts of the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he took positive moves on political reconciliation in Jammu and Kashmir. The PDP chief also asked people to join the procession led by her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for ushering in a new era of development. “When Mufti Saab took over reins in 2002, J&K was just like a prison. During Vajpayee’s rule, relations with Pakistan improved, talks with separatists began, Mughal Road was built, cross-LoC travel between Uri and Muzzafarabad was started and peace returned on borders,” Mehbooba said.
She added that it was during PDP rule between 2002 and 2005 when liberal financial assistance was provided for holistic development of the state.
Hailing the revolutionary steps taken by the present government in a short span of six months in education and development sectors, Mehbooba said those who indulge in divisive politics see a threat in coming together of the people from all the three regions of the state.
Minister for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs, Ch. Zulkfar, MLC, Yuvraj Vikramaditya, former MLA and Political Advisor to PDP President, Peerzada Mansoor, PDP General Secretary, Mehboob Iqbal and District President PDP, Hans Raj Kalotra, besides several others were also present on the occasion.