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Rajnath distances from Mufti remarks, Oppn seeks answers

Rajnath distances from Mufti remarks, Oppn seeks answers
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“Our government and our party (BJP) fully dissociates itself from Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s remark. I am making this statement after discussion with and consent of the Prime Minister,” Singh said in a statement at Lok Sabha after the Opposition raised the matter in the House. Sayeed was sworn-in as the head of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While lauding the Election Commission (EC) for conducting a peaceful election in J&K, Rajnath Singh said, “The elections were held in peaceful atmosphere and I want to congratulate people of J&K. The conducive atmosphere was due to the EC and the security forces.” Sayeed on Monday refused to apologise for his comments.

Meanwhile, during Zero Hour, an angry Opposition demanded a resolution to be adopted by the House condemning the statement of Sayeed at a press conference in Jammu on Sunday. Sensing that Sayeed’s remark could hamper  parliamentary proceedings, the Home Minister agreed to make a statement saying that his government and party (BJP) fully disassociate themselves from the remarks.

However, the Opposition including Congress, Trinamool Congress and Left rejected Singh’s response and demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later in protest they staged a walkout.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “PM should make a statement when his partner in J&K is claiming that credit should go to Hurriyat, militants and Pakistan for smooth conduct of assembly polls.” On Sunday soon after Sayeed was sworn-in as CM, his statement kicked up a row.

“I want to say this on record and I have told this to the PM that we must credit the Hurriyat, militant outfits for the conduct of assembly elections in the state. My humble submission is peaceful elections were not possible, if they had done something. You know how small action was needed to disturb the elections. They allowed this democratic process to go ahead. This gives us a hope,” Mufti had said.

Amid the war of words, BJP leader Arun Jaitley tweeted, “Congratulations to people of J&K on getting a historic BJP-PDP govt. in the State. I wish the best to CM & Deputy CM for J&K’s development.”
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