‘Toofan ka aadmi hai, not communal at all
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has disclosed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi relies more on the feedback of RSS about Kashmir than the assessment of the intelligence agencies.
The good thing is that on Kashmir, the PM doesn’t just rely on Intelligence Bureau (IB) reports. He talks to the RSS, gets feedback from them. He sees that Mufti is serious, that my government is working hard. That’s why he’s coming, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed said in an interview with The Times of India on Monday.
Drawing a parallel between PM Modi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and implying that there was no need for Modi to distance himself from the RSS Vajpayee was a proud member of the RSS, but he was a pragmatist. Let’s go by his deeds, not words, said Mufti. Mufti was responding to a question that asked whether Modi needed to distance himself from the RSS.
Effusive and gushing with praise for Modi, Mufti Sayeed said , He has a mandate; he is the leader. He is not corrupt, he has credibility.
Mufti elaborated upon PDPs relationship with the BJP and claimed satisfaction with the alliance. He said, Our alliance is strong, very strong. The BJP here is of committed people. They are devoted, not corrupt like the Congress. I am more than happy with the alliance. The people here are cooperating, people in Jammu are cooperating. And the PM is totally focused, Mufti said.
Bailing out Modi for the Dadri lynching and deeming Modi to be indispensable, Mufti said, Dadri was terrible, unfortunate. A real black mark. But Modi’s agenda is ‘Sab ka saath, sabka vikas’. ‘Toofan ka aadmi hai’, he is not communal at all. I am sure in the days ahead he will marginalize the loose cannons in his party; it will take time, it’s a process of evolution. My experience is that Modi is not at all authoritarian; he consulted a wide range of people before tying up with me. Mufti further added, There’s no alternative to Modi and I am convinced he too wants to come out of a narrow political position and move towards economic development and political reconciliation. He has to be inclusive and he has to reach out to Pakistan, he has no choice.
Sayeed also decried Geelanis call for a Million March against Modis visit to Kashmir. Referring to the march, Mufti said, That’s not right. Modi is the PM; he cannot be met with defiance and confrontation at all times.
Regarding the much awaited financial package Mufti said, We’re getting funds through the finance commissions devolution recommendations and working within that. As for the package, I never specially asked for it. It will be in addition to what we have. I am sure the PM will see the merits of it. Work has gone into it for the last six months. It has never been a demand on my part and I would not like to make any statement demanding a package.
Downplaying the beef ban incident, and taking credit for the events after, Mufti said, Beef ban has never been an issue here. There’s been a ban on cow slaughter in Kashmir for decades. Even Syed Ali Shah Geelani gave a statement that no sentiments should be hurt in the slaughtering of cattle. The killing of trucker Zahid Bhatt was condemnable. We fast tracked the case and charged the accused with murder. On the attack on Engineer Rashid, I made the deputy CM apologize in the House.
Denying that there were religious divisions in J & K, and hailing the good work of the RSS Mufti said, There are no divisions. The BJP is in power for the first time. It’s not looting like the Congress. The RSS background makes them do good work, be at the doorsteps of people. We’ve tried to balance Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu will have two AIIMS; Kashmir has a National Institute for Fashion Technology and NIIT. A group of Gujarati Muslims told me it’s our wish you succeed in this alliance – that will be our success.
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