BJP on Monday lodged a formal protest with Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed over the release of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam Bhat on March 7.
“We told him (CM) that we wanted the government to function as per provisions in the CMP and redress the difficulties being faced by people across the state,” said one of the BJP MLA who was part of a delegation which met Mufti.
“We have told him that attempts are being made from PDP side either through their statements or the actions to deviate government functioning from CMP from the very first day of its formation,” he said.
The BJP delegation of party legislators also asked Mufti to convene a meeting of steering committee comprising of members from both parties to discuss all contentious issues between them. They demanded the government to present challan in courts in all cases registered against Masarat Alam.
The release of Hurriyat (G) leader has left many red faced within the BJP and also the RSS.
The PDP, on the other hand, says that the matter was being unnecessarily blown out of proportion. “Masrat was already bailed out in various cases by respective courts and his detention under PSA revoked by state high court from time to time,” a senior PDP leader said.
The PDP chief spokesperson and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said that Masrat’s release was an issue within the ambit of Home Department and there was no need to first bring it before the steering committee. Tomorrow, if I as an education minister orders some transfer, will I have to first discuss it in the steering committee? He asked.