Srinagar: PDP founder member and Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig believes that UP chief minister, Yogi Adityanath who is known for his anti-Muslim comments may succeed in sidelining Hindu extremist forces in the state. In an exclusive interview with Kashmir based news portal, Mountain Valley Kashmir (MVK) Baig has talked about issues ranging from Mehbooba Mufti-led government to Indo-Pak relationship.
When asked about his comments on the elevation of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister in UP, Baig has said, “Many Indians including people from majority community are dismayed and surprised at this development. Personally I have come to conclusion, which may be unconventional and difficult to accept by people. I believe since Ram Mandir case is in Supreme Court and the Apex court may uphold High Court judgment. The right to worship may be allowed to both the communities in respective areas. If that happens it is important there should not be a great uprising by diehard and extremist Hindus in that state.”
“It is therefore advisable to put in-charge a man who could have triggered and lead such an agitation. As a chief minister he will have to play the role of moderator and he may succeed in sidelining extremists. Responsibility of power quite often moderates people of extreme views,” Baig added.
About the Kashmir situation, Baig said, “We are going through a state of suspense and fear. Parliamentary election is not a great challenge but the actual challenge is the upcoming season.”
“I think it is advisable to keep the elections low-key so that we do not endanger lives of young people and also do not put into jeopardy the prospect of good tourist season,” Baig said in the interview.