Modi’s Visit Draws Mixed Response From Valley’s Political Camp

KL Report

SRINAGAR

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Kashmir on Diwali and spend time with flood-hit people, mixed responses from valley’s political camp are coming over the visit.

Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti remarked that all eyes are set on the state government over its measures so as to seek maximum benefit out of PM’s visit for the flood hit Kashmir. Mehbooba told KNS that this also needs to be seen that how the business community that suffered massive losses due to floods, would motivate the prime minister for timely intervention into the relief and rehabilitation measures.

“The visit of the Prime Minister must not be seen with the political prism. The state government failed on every level vis-à-vis post flood relief and rehabilitation measures and all eyes are now on GoI for the resolution of the issues,” she said.

Taking a dig at the coalition government, PDP president accused that both Congress and NC were involved in the plunder of the relief material with no action on ground being for the proper distribution of the relief material among the flood sufferers of JK. She claimed that the government has lost credibility among people at large in JK and that the procedure adopted by the state government in its post flood measures was ‘worrisome’ and ‘disappointing’.

Mehbooba maintained that the business community here including the agriculturalists, horticulturalists and various other sectors suffered huge losses and need of the hour is their duly compensation at an earliest.

The state Congress chief Saif-ud-din Soz while reacting to Modi’s visit to Kashmir said that same is politically motivated with Modi arriving in valley to serve the political ends. “If Modi is really serious over mitigating the sufferings of the flood victims then he must approve at an earliest the relief memorandum submitted by the state government to the GoI,” Soz told KNS.

Another Congress leader Taj Mohi-ud-din while reacting to Modi’s visit to Kashmir stressed that same must not be given the political color as priority must be given to the relief and rehabilitation measures.

National Conference general secretary and Minister for Rural Development Ali Mohamamd Sagar said the state government’s priority is providing relief to flood vicitms. “If Modi wants to express solidarity with the flood hit people of Kashmir then he must, sans any delay, approve the package submitted by the state government to GOI so that Kashmir could be rebuilt again,” Sagar told

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