On PDP-BJP Coalition, Mufti Forgot Suggestions We Made: MP Baig



Muzaffar Hussain Baig

PDP Member Parliament from North Kashmir, Muzaffar Hussain Baig has said that the party patron and PDP-BJP coalition head, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is “feeling down and caged”.

In a conversation with Mumbai based Economic Times, Baig has cast doubts over six year term completion of the ruling government in state. “I don’t think it will. But it can complete six years if it adopts some corrective measures. After all, a man is not dead till he is dead. If God forbid, this experiment fails, it will be a cruel joke on the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he says in the interview.

“Mufti Sahib asked me for some suggestions on certain issues. I suggested a few things but probably he forgot. Maybe he is too worried or feels let down. Maybe he feels betrayed or even caged (by people around him),” the first PDP leader to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the declaration of last year assembly election results said.

Baig also reveals that he had prepared a ‘Working Document for PDP-BJP Coalition’ in last December before the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ was drafted. “But the document was never given to the BJP.”

According to him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sayeed should have met directly to make the alliance more workable, the report reads.

Expressing his reservations about the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ document, the reports quotes Baig saying that “it was not only ambiguous and unclear but also without any signatures.” “If agenda of alliance was agreed upon, why has it not been acted upon?” he said.

Baig has also said that the State’s Finance Minister Dr Haseeb A Drabu is “giving false dreams to people of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Without naming him, Baig, a former Deputy Chief Minister in PDP-Congress government, attacked Drabu for his “unnecessary, provocative statements”.

“As former Finance Minister, I can tell you that we need extra funds as we lag behind in many socio-economic factors. I am not the kind of person, who will say I won’t go to Delhi with a begging bowl. That is an unnecessary provocation and counter productive statement,” he said.

Baig further said, “BJP is equated with RSS and RSS is equated with communalism.”

“So, therefore, there is a greater burden for this government to discharge. It requires greater sensitivity, commitment and tact on both sides,” he cautioned the state government.

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