Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday said he stands by his statement on violence-free polls in the state.
Reacting to the controversy about his comment on J-K polls, he said, “What I’ve said, I’ve said. Will stand by that.”
Soon after taking oath on Sunday, Sayeed had said credit must be given to people from across the border , an oblique reference to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militant outfits, for "allowing conducive atmosphere" for assembly polls.
"I want to say this on record and I have told this to the Prime Minister that the we must credit the Hurriyat, militant outfits for the conduct of assembly elections in the state," Sayeed said during a press conference in Srinagar after being sworn in as head of the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir at a ceremony which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But distancing itself from the CM’s statement, BJP central leadership said it was due to efforts of the Election Commission and the security forces.
Mufti Sayeed’s statement led to furore in the Parliament , with the opposition lambasting the chief minister and forcing home minister Rajnath Singh to clarify that the government fully dissociated itself from the statement.
"The credit for smooth polls in J-K goes to Election Commission, army, paramilitary forces and people of the state," the home minister said.
Dissatisfied with Singh's response, almost the entire opposition staged a walkout.
According to PTI, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti defended her father’s remark and said the CM's remarks did not discredit the people of J-K.