Panaji: Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu claimed that the alliance between the PDP and the BJP, which no one thought would last a week, has now turned into a durable one.
“It is true that it is a very fragile and contentious alliance. As Mufti sahib (former JK CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) used to say, it is the North Pole and South Pole coming together,” said Drabu while speaking at the “India Ideas Conclave 2017” in Goa.
“But with some degree of maturity displayed by either side, it is really working towards the developmental of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Drabu explained that right on day one itself the PDP-BJP alliance faced issues.
“But Mufti sahib was a confident leader all his life. When he started in the 1960s, the Congress and any party from the rest of country was looked down upon. He (Mufti) ensured through consistent hard work that the Congress becomes an acceptable part of life,” he added.
According to him, when the PDP was planning to form an alliance with the BJP, people were asking the party (PDP) why it was not allying with the Congress.
The minister said that the alliance with the BJP was a “bold decision” taken by Mufti.
“We had contested elections on an anti-BJP plank and yet we decided to have alliance with them (BJP). I happened to work very closely with him at that particular time,” he said.
“All of us told him that it is suicidal and that we won’t be able to step out of the house, we will get lynched,” Drabu recalled telling Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
“He (Mufti) stuck to it. He said the people of India have voted for the BJP. He said that he was not engaging with the party (BJP), he was engaging with the people of India,” Drabu recounted.
He said that Sayeed brought back the whole concept of civil society into the decision and went ahead and formed the government with the BJP.
Drabu called the alliance a “huge experiment” and said it actually displays certain leadership quality to set in motion a process to create a framework to resolve the most contagious issues in the state.