Rail Inauguration: Beg Talk Made Chief Minister Emotional

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CM Mehbooba Mufti, MP Muzaffar Hussian Baig and Dy CM Dr Nirmal Singh at Islamabad when four new trains were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 photo by Shah Hilal
CM Mehbooba Mufti, MP Muzaffar Hussain Beg and Dy CM Dr Nirmal Singh at Islamabad when four new trains were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

MP Muzaffar Hussain Beg’s brief speech at Islamabad led Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti get emotional as he talked about the beginning of the railway services in Kashmir. She put on her black goggles and hid her face behind a paper with a hanky in hand.

Beg said that when he was accompanying Mufti Sayeed, the then Chief Minister, to meet then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he had an unprecedented direction: “do not talk about money”. While they had had dinner, he said, no issue cropped up that would have brought some solace to the then Finance Minister Beg as far as resources in the public kitty were concerned.

“After we had Kehwa,” Beg said, Mufti talked and he said Kashmir is a place that is cut away from the mainland. Then Vajpayee said he accepts “Kashmir is far away”. “Let us do a bit and you do your bit,” Beg said he remembers Vajpayee saying, “we will get the railways and reduce the distance and you get the people closer.”

New four trains were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 by CM Mehbooba Mufti at Islamabad. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
New four trains were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 by CM Mehbooba Mufti at Islamabad. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

This rail, Beg said, is the outcome of those efforts which led to the fast-forwarding of the rail to Srinagar.

Praising Ms Mufti for having her own idea for betterment of J&K, Beg said Mufti’s daughter has picked up a lot from her father but is experienced enough to have her vision too.

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