Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti congratulated Modi for his landslide UP victory in the elections and thanked him for supporting her government in the difficult situation of last year. She sought support from Delhi in managing the “river of fire” by implementing the Agenda of Alliance.

“Last year, it was a passage through a river of fire,” Mehbooba said in her brief speech at the formal inauguration of the highway tunnel near Ramban. “There are some improvements but still lot many things need to be done.”

CM Mehbooba Mufti with PM Modi at a public rally in Katra on April 19, 2016.
File image of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

She thanked Prime Minister Modi for keeping Rajnath Singh by her side in difficult times.

“My father shook hands with you to stop this river of fire and to take Kashmir out of the mess,” Mehbooba said, showering praises on Modi for being man of his words and the keeper of the promises. “We won all the wars till Kargil and we are a democracy and we must admit talks are important.”

“We want to implement Agenda of Alliance and give the youth of J&K a new J&K and I believe your government will help us in hat,” Mehbooba said. “We have to bring J&K out of this crisis.”

Ms Mufti extended an invitation to the Prime Minister on behalf of tour operators of Kashmir just to send a message to the word that Kashmir is safest for the tourists.

Complimenting people of the State on the inauguration of Chenani-Nashri tunnel, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has hoped that the tunnel would not only minimize the distances between Jammu and Srinagar but also prove to be a harbinger of bridging the psychological barriers between the people of the State and rest of the country, a spokesman of the state government said.

Mehbooba Mufti said youth of the State who have gone through a tough phase of uncertainty and gloom need to be reached out to get Jammu and Kashmir out of the present phase of difficulties and desolation. She said people of the State expect Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who she said exhibits the unparalleled determination of taking bold decisions, to help them in taking Jammu & Kashmir out of these uncertain situations and build a prosperous future for them.

Thanking the Prime Minister for all out support to the State Government, the Chief Minister said a lot has happened in J&K due to the support of the Central Government but a lot still remains to be done. She said the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ reached out between PDP and BJP has received the endorsement of the people of the State and the country, who now eagerly await, its time bound implementation. This, she added, would not only bring an end to the miseries of the people here but also strengthen their faith in the country’s democratic discourse thereby helping them in rejecting the path of violence and acrimony.

Ms Mehbooba said few days back a group of tour operators of Kashmir Valley met her and requested to extend an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Kashmir so that a message of hospitality goes out to the tourists within and outside the country.

Mehbooba Mufti said the basic objective for the two parties to come together in Jammu & Kashmir was to usher in an era of massive development in the State besides taking it out of its perennial miseries and problems.


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