Modi is a statesman: Mufti

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: May 15, 2015 20:54 IST

Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown great statesmanship by stitching an alliance with the PDP.

"PM Modi got the huge mandate of the people of the country. In our state, the mandate was divided. Modi showed statesmanship to form an alliance with us (PDP)," the CM said here during an interaction with media.

"After 1947, we (the people of the state) have been looking here and there. The elections provided an historic opportunity and Modi showed statesmanship in seizing opportunity," he said. He said the government has to work on a bigger canvas to fulfill the expectations of people from the alliance.

The PDP had formed the government with the BJP, which had won 25 out of the 37 seats from the Jammu province. The alliance had allowed the BJP to be in the governance for the first time in the state. The Mufti had been saying that it's an alliance of conviction and an opportunity to bring Kashmir close to the Jammu region, which will then help Kashmir getting close to the rest of the India.

Modi in an interview to the HT had termed the PDP-BJP alliance one of the important political developments of the contemporary political scene. He had also said the alliance has the potential to resolve one of the most difficult national problems.

Indo-Pak relations

On India-Pakistan relations and also the disturbances along the border, the Mufti said even during former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee's time, the Parliament was attacked and Kargil happened, but even then Vajpayee extended hand of friendship to Pakistan.

"If India wants to become one of great nations, it will have to have good relations with all its neighbours," said Mufti.

He also said the cross-LoC bus service between India and Pakistan shouldn't be restricted to only divided families. Moreover, the trade should also have banking facilities, he added.

"The people who come from PoK to visit their families in J&K return with heavy heart. Let more people come and see the ground situation and development in the state," he said.

AIIM only in Kashmir

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would be set up in Kashmir and it's there in the common minimum programme, while Jammu would get an IIT.

"We should not look Jammu and Kashmir regions with different eyes. It's one state. If people can go to other places for specialised treatment, then the same people can come to Kashmir also, which is in the state itself," he said.

No artificial lake at Tawi

The Mufti said the plan of building artificial lake on the Tawi is not feasible as silt is continuously deposited in the river. The river doesn't have regular flow of water like the Chenab or the Jhelum, but the state government will develop Tawi's embankments, he added.

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