Mehbooba defends Modi; Says AoA cannot be implemented overnight

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday defended PM Narendra Modi and said that the allegation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he is authoritarian in his approach is wrong.

Participating in a debate at India Today Conclave 2017, Mehbooba said, “I have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few times and I have found that he is open to ideas. He is not authoritative.”

“Contrary to perception and allegations by some PM Modi is not centralised. He wants to make it true federal system in the country. He has the moral authority to do it,” Mehbooba said in the discussion, a part of which was broadcast by India Today on its website.

CM Mehbooba received PM Modi in Jammu early Tuesday on April 19, 2016.

CM Mehbooba further said that Agenda of Alliance (AoA) is not something that has to happen today. “What I said couple of days back in Delhi is that we need to reach out to the people of the valley especially youth.”

“We needed more security forces last year and needed army to be more proactive. Centre really agreed,” she said, “At some point of time if the situation starts improving, we need to think about the revocation of Afspa from some parts.”

She said that it (Revocation of Afspa) is not something that is going to happen today.

Mehbooba was in discussion with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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