Modi ‘Disapproves’ Mufti’s Comments

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday disapproved the comments of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed giving credit to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants for smooth conduct of Assembly polls, saying “such a statement cannot be supported”.

“If somebody makes such a statement, we can never support it,” Modi said in Rajya Sabha, referring to the controversial remarks made by Mufti who is heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Members have been demanding Modi’s response to the remarks made by Mufti soon after he was sworn-in on Sunday.

“If somebody makes a statement somewhere and we are forced to respond here, things will not work,” Modi said.

He asserted that his government “will move ahead with the policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism” and “all resolutions passed here (in Parliament) will be implemented in letter and spirit”.

Modi said the credit for the successful elections goes to the people of Kashmir who “removed doubts” in the international community by turning up in large numbers with “overwhelming courage and pride” and “put their stamp of approval on what India had been saying all along”.

On questions by some members whether BJP will pull out of the coalition government over the issue, Modi said the government will run only on the basis of Common Minimum Programme (CMP).

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