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Mufti balm mollifies miffed BJP

Mufti balm mollifies miffed BJP
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Sayeed spoke to Singh over phone and assured him that instead of focusing on such issues, the government is keen on undertaking developmental work for the betterment of the people of valley.

“The CM has assured that BJP and the Central government will be kept in the loop, while releasing any separatists from custody,” MHA sources said. Recently, Sayeed faced flak from opposition leaders and also its alliance partner BJP for releasing separatist leader Masrat Alam. Following Alam’s release, a serious crisis had developed between the PDP-BJP because Sayeed allegedly kept BJP in the dark while securing Alam’s release.

Meanwhile, in an interesting development, a letter sent by J&K home secretary to Srinagar’s district magistrate has revealed that the decision to release Alam was taken before the PDP-BJP government was formed in the state. Sources said the decision to release him was taken during the 49-day governor’s rule in the state. After the revelation, the government faced more heat, as a united Opposition created a ruckus in Parliament yet again on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had assured the House and the nation that government would not accept or compromise on the issue of country’s integrity and security. He had also admitted in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was not consulted by the J&K government on the separatist’s release.

“Whatever is happening in J&K is without consultation with or consent of the Centre. This annoyance is not about any party or this bench or that bench. It is about the Nation,” Modi had said.

BJP state general secretary, Ashok Koul, said, “Our party had no objections if PDP wanted to release other such leaders, but there should be a proper procedure to review their cases. The state government should adopt a system on the release of separatist leaders.”
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