Stick To Facts; Says PDP Chief To Modi

23 November 2014
Deccan Herald

Srinagar: Asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get his facts straight before commenting on other parties, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said it seems he (Modi) has serious gaps in his knowledge about Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing election rallies in South Kashmir's Kulgam district, she said, 'When prime minister speaks on serious matters one would ordinarily expect him to be factually correct, whatever his opinion on different issues.' 'Even election time rhetoric should be restricted to decent levels. Everybody in Jammu and Kashmir and rest of country is aware about the integrity and credentials of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (PDP patron),' the firebrand PDP chief said. Taking a jab at Kashmir's two chief political families, the Abdullahs and Muftis, Modi had on Saturday asked, 'Will only two families rule in J&K, can't other families produce leaders?' Addressing the people of J&K he said, 'You are repenting for the last 50 years. If you don't punish the two families ruling here, they (the families) will come back with renewed resurgence.' However, Mehbooba while ridiculing Modi's assertions, said, 'The three years that Mufti Sayeed-led coalition served the state are still remembered as a reference point for good governance and political maturity which changed the scenario not just in Jammu and Kashmir but in the entire region.' 'In fact the former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee publically acknowledged the positive change that Mufti had brought in the atmosphere and on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir and could take his historic initiative on the state and Pakistan only after change of government in the state,' she added. Mehbooba said the prime minister forgot that his party was in alliance with the National Conference both at the Centre and in the state and 'the BJP has continued its covert relationship with that party at all crucial points.' Referring to 2011 'cash for vote' scam during Legislative Council polls in the state where seven BJP MLAs allegedly voted in favour of NC candidates, Mehbooba said, 'If the BJP legislators sold their vote, its leaders were in no position to sermonise on morality.' The PDP chief claimed the BJP is viewing PDP as the only stumbling block to its 'disruptive designs' for the state.