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‘We can never support it’: Narendra Modi disapproves of Mufti Sayeed’s comments

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: March 3, 2015
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/We-can-never-support-it-Narendra-Modi-disapproves-of-Mufti-Sayeeds-comments/articleshow/46444807.cms

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his disapproval of the remarks made by Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed where Sayeed gave credit to Pakistan, the separatists and the militants for the successful assembly election in the state.

 The Prime Minister said such a statement cannot be supported.

 "If somebody makes such a statement, we can never support it," Modi said in Rajya Sabha, referring to the controversial remarks made by Sayeed who is heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state. Members have been demanding Modi's response to the remarks made by Sayeed soon after he was sworn in on Sunday.

 "If somebody makes a statement somewhere and we are forced to respond here, things will not work," the Prime Minister said. He asserted that his government "will move ahead with the policy of 'zero tolerance' towards terrorism" and "all resolutions passed here (in Parliament) will be implemented in letter and spirit."

 Modi said the credit for the successful elections goes to the people of Jammu & Kashmir who "removed doubts" in the international community by turning up in large numbers with "overwhelming courage and pride" and "put their stamp of approval on what India had been saying all along".

 He underlined faith in people of Jammu & Kashmir while asserting his government's commitment to unity and integrity. On questions by some members whether BJP will pull out of the coalition government over the issue, Modi said the government will run only on the basis of common minimum programme (CMP).
 "I want to assure this House and 125 crore people of the country that the government formed in Jammu & Kashmir is based on the common minimum programme and the government will run on its basis," he said while replying to the motion of thanks to the President's address.

On Sunday, Sayeed, in his first news conference after assuming office as chief minister of the state, had said: "Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants allowed conducive atmosphere for assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir."

 Following Sayeed's remarks, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah took a dig at BJP questioning its stand on the issue.

 "Dear BJP, please explain role of security forces and polling staff considering your CM just said 'Pak allowed elections in J&K'," Omar tweeted.

 He further tweeted: "Dear @BJP4India please explain roll of security forces & polling staff considering your CM just said 'Pakistan allowed elections in J&K'."

(With inputs from PTI)
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