‘Accession was still a bigger decision’


Insisting that her government will deliver on the commitments it has made, Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said she will stay in the chair as long as it is her strength. “The day I feel this chair has become my weakness, I won’t remain clinched to it even for a minute,” she said in her maiden 80-minute speech that marked conclusion of debate over governor N N Vohra’s address.
Defending her father’s decision to ally with BJP, Ms Mufti said it was a smaller decision than the accession of 1947.
“Aligning with the BJP for government formation was not a bigger decision than the one taken by the tallest leader of J&K, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, who supported accession of the only Muslim majority state with India in 1947,” Ms Mufti said, apparently in response to Omar Abdullah’s Friday speech.
Ms Mufti rebutted Omar for criticising her for keeping quiet for two months. “I did not remain aloof for 22 years. I just waited for two months,” Ms Mufti said, apparently referring to Sheikh Abdullah’s political career. “This throne is not my weakness, it is my strength. The day it becomes my weakness, I will leave it.” She said she is on the throne as long as Agenda of Alliance is operation

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