The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday said PM Narendra Modi is not fanatical but he wishes comprehensive development for everybody in the country.
Mufti was speaking on the sidelines of a function here at Srinagar’s Tattoo ground, where he laid foundation stone of a Citizens Park.
Talking to media persons, Mufti termed Modi ‘unprejudiced’ and ‘impartial’.
“He (Modi) is the prime minister of such a big country. He joined hands with us (Peoples Democratic Party) while we have just three members in the Lok Sabha. He must have a vision for doing so.”
Sayeed also said that the prime minister’s November 7 Kashmir visit was long overdue.
“People have expectations from his visit since his slogan has always been for development. He is focusing on issues facing J&K,” Sayeed said.
Asked if Modi would announce an all-inclusive economic package for the state during his upcoming visit, Sayeed said, “To announce a package or not is the Prime Minister’s choice.”
Talking about Indo-Pak relations, Sayeed said it would be good for India and all of us to have good relations with Pakistan, as acrimony has not yielded anything so far.
“If India has to become a world power, these things will have to be taken into consideration. I am hopeful that despite ups and downs, in the long run we want to be friends,” he said.
Following agreement between the state government and the army, 17 acres of land in Tatoo ground, Srinagar, has been let by the army for the construction of a Citizens Park. However, the government has promised alternative land to the army for these 17 acres.
Pertinently, 139 acres of prime land in Srinagar’s uptown Batamaloo area lies in the possession of Army since 1947.