Centre has to take call on our demands: Mehbooba

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KUPWARA: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti called a Legislature Party meeting yesterday evening in Srinagar to decide on the government formation in the state. The outcome of the meeting were not disclosed when the reports last came in.

Earlier, the PDP had indicated to continue the alliance with BJP and that it will go ahead with if the Agenda of Alliance framed under the leadership of former chief minister Late Mufti Sayeed was implemented in letter and spirit.

Mehbooba had said that the party will take a call on government formation as and when it was confident that the vision and mission of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be carried forward and implemented with the clear support of BJP.

She said that implementation of the agenda of alliance and heading the new Jammu and Kashmir government were both important issues for her, but added that the central government would have to take steps for this to happen.

Addressing workers of her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kupwara town, she said: “For me, the decision of forming an alliance with the BJP is a sacred legacy of my father, (the late) Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.”

“But equally sacred for me is the implementation of the agenda of alliance which my father agreed to with the BJP,” she said. “I have no issues with the BJP. My party’s alliance with the BJP is intact. But, my demand is for the central government to come forward and take steps so that my becoming the chief minister of the state benefits the people.” 

Mehbooba reiterated that she has no ambition to become the chief minister for the sake of pomp and show. ”If I had any burning personal ambition, I might have become chief minister of the state much earlier, even during my father’s lifetime.

“When doctors advised my father not to interact with the public for fear of catching infection, I could have become the chief minister, but I chose not to because Mufti Sahib had a burning desire to serve his people till the very end of his life,” she said.

Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unscheduled visit to Pakistan in December, she said: “When Modiji visited Pakistan, I broke the news to my father when he was in the hospital. He smiled and told me ‘I have always told you war is neither a solution for us (India) nor for them (Pakistan)’.

“For me those words of my father are sacred. Our youth are dying at an age when they should learn to live and grow in life. ”A poor man’s son, Captain Tushar from Udhampur was killed in an encounter recently. He was just 26. Another youth who was known as ‘Newton’ in his neighborhood because he had secured 98 percent marks was killed as a militant at the age of 16.

“Whether our youth get killed at 26 or 16, it is tragic and needs to be stopped. If I become chief minister without being able to stop the mindless killing of our youth, what use is that for me?” she asked.

Former state deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh had said both the BJP and the PDP were on same page, adding that the agenda of alliance is still intact.

“The people and political parties it’s whether the PDP or the BJP, they are thinking on the same line that there should be government. Our stand is clear from very first day that this alliance is intact, it was made on basis of agenda of alliance,” Singh said.

Earlier, after a two-month suspense Mehbooba Mufti said that she is not ‘stubborn’ and hinted that the party would be going ahead with the BJP) to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir if the latter ensures that aspirations of people were met.

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