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National security is our to priority : Rajnath

National security is our to priority : Rajnath
His remarks came on a day Opposition parties in Parliament upped the ante against the Government over reports that the Jammu and Kashmir government was planning to release 800 more separatists and sought to know if the state's Governor has mentioned this in his report to the Centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made it clear in Parliament on Monday that release of Alam was not acceptable and that the government won't tolerate any compromise with the nation's integrity.

Putting the Government on the mat, Opposition wondered whether BJP has a "secret pact" with PDP on the issue and demanded re-arrest of Alam against whom there are 27 criminal cases, including murder, sedition and conspiracy. He was detained eight times.

The Home Minister said, "My government will not compromise with national security at any cost. For us any government, whether in alliance or not, that is not our priority. Our priority is country and its security. You should understand this intention of ours."

"I will only make only one statement as of now, as I had said in Parliament yesterday. For us, government is not the priority but for us country is priority and it is topmost," he said.

"You should understand this fact and I think everything is encapsulated in this statement," Singh said on the sidelines of the 46th Raising Day of central security force CISF in Ghaziabad.

In Jammu, PDP said the Jammu and Kashmir government will abide by the court directives on the release of political prisoners.

"Whatever the Supreme Court and courts tell us, we are going to abide by that (on release of political prisoners in future),' senior PDP leader and Minister for Sports, Imran Raza Ansari told reporters on the sidelines of a sports event.

The Home Minister said he was not satisfied with the official version that the state government sent to his Ministry earlier on this subject.

"I will not say anything now. As I said in Parliament yesterday, I am not fully satisfied with the version of J-K government on this issue. I have sought some information...clarifications on the issue from the state government and only after getting something from there, I will comment," he told reporters.

He also dismissed reports that J-K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had talked to him on the subject.

Members in both Lok Sabha and Rajya have expressed "outrage" over the release of the separatist leader, calling the development as "anti-national" and dangerous to the country's integrity. They have also dared BJP to pull out of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led government on the issue.

In the Rajya Sabha, Opposition parties sought Government's clarification on reports that the J-K government was planning to release 800 more jailed separatists.

After Naresh Agarwal (SP) and others raised the issue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said government was ready to respond to any specific case brought to its notice.

He wanted to know if the Governor had sent any report on the issue and whether he had signed the release order of Alam.

The Hurriyat leader was released from prison three days ago.

Rajeev Shukla (Cong) also sought to know if the orders for Alam's release were signed by the Governor and if they were issued when the state was under President's rule.

The issue also cropped up in Lok Sabha where a demand was made for dismissal of Mufti government and a ban on PDP in the wake of its "anti national" act of releasing Alam.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, AIADMK leader P Venugopal said his party was "not satisfied" with the explanation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister on the issue.

He wanted to know what sort of clarification has been sought by the Centre from the state government.

Venugopal said what has "added insult to injury" is that the state Chief Minister has asked the police to release a dozen more separatists including some political prisoners.
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