100 Days In Office: DyCM Shocks PDP Mantri

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Altaf Bukhari flays Nirmal Singh for saying  Rs 3600 crore sufficient for flood hit Kashmir 

Srinagar:  As ruling alliance nears 100 days in office in J&K, senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari Monday asked BJP colleagues in state cabinet not to cry hoarse over issues of secondary importance. 

“Instead of adhering to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision of togetherness and equal opportunities, it seems our fellow colleagues are bogged down on issues of derived importance. I would request my colleagues in the cabinet to stick to and implement Mufti Saheb’s agenda of peace, political stability and the development rather than crying hoarse on issues of secondary importance,” the Minister for Public Works, Altaf Bukhari said.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Jammu, Bukhari expressed his deep disappointment on trivializing establishment of AIIMS, IITS and IIMCs in the State.

He said despite huge ideological and political differences, PDP had joined hands with BJP to give Jammu and Kashmir a new direction under the leadership of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed whose vision is to bring people closer by bridging regional gaps within the State. 

Bukhari said that for the PDP forging an alliance with BJP was not to seek power but to respect the fractured verdict that provided both the parties an opportunity to script history by addressing trust deficit between the people of regions and sub regions in the State.

“I would request my Honb’le colleagues that instead of propagating their divergent opinions to prop up chaos and confusion, they should contribute in implementation of Mufti Saheb’s inclusive agenda of growth and prosperity,” Bukhari said.

To a question seeking clarification about Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh’s latest interview that Rs 3600 crores were sufficient for rehabilitation of flood victims in Kashmir, he said the remarks of deputy chief minister have shocked him not only as a Minister but in capacity of a flood victim who has personally witnessed the scale of devastation during September floods.

“Even Rs 44000 Crores financial package as was proposed by the previous government is in no way sufficient to compensate the losses suffered by the people during devastating deluge in September 2014. Dr Nirmal Ji’s figures have shocked me as I don’t know where from he got these superficial statistics,” Bukhari said while advising his cabinet colleagues to desist from making irresponsible statements that create confusion among flood victims of Kashmir.

He said that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s endeavour was to address the legacy of loss which is coupled with a sense of alienation due to decades of neglect, lack of development, empowerment and employment in all the three regions of the State. “Our Common Minimum Programme that aims at good governance and building bridges to narrow down the gaps should have been our guiding principle.  I would humbly request my cabinet colleagues again to refrain from creating a precarious situation that will lead us nowhere,” Bukhari added.

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