PDP-BJP Fissures Come Out In Open

8 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: On the day coalition partners completed their journey of 100 days in office in Jammu and Kashmir, differences between Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out in the open with the former asking the saffron party 'not to prop up chaos and confusion by propagating divergent opinions'. The PDP has even advised the BJP Cabinet ministers 'to stick to the agenda of peace, political stability and development', envisioned by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, rather than 'crying hoarse on issues of secondary importance'. The party also, in particular, asked the Deputy Chief Minister to refrain from making 'irresponsible statements' and a 'precarious' situation in the state. 'Instead of adhering to Mufti Saheb's vision of togetherness and equal opportunities, it seems our fellow colleagues (from BJP) are bogged down on issues of derived importance. I will request them to stick to and implement his (Mufti's) agenda of peace, political stability and the development rather than crying hoarse on issues of secondary importance,' Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Public Works, said in a strongly worded statement here. He also expressed shock over the Deputy CM and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh's remarks wherein the latter had said 'Rs 3,600 crore are sufficient for rehabilitation of flood victims in Kashmir'. 'The remarks of Deputy CM have shocked me not only as a minister but as a flood victim who has personally witnessed the scale of devastation during September floods. The Rs 44,000-crore financial package as was proposed by the previous government is in no way sufficient to compensate the losses suffered by the people in September 2014 floods. The Deputy CM's figures have shocked me as I don't know where from he got these superficial statistics,' Bukhari said while advising his cabinet colleagues to desist from making 'irresponsible statements' that create confusion among flood victims of Kashmir. In an interview to a Kashmir-based local daily yesterday, the Deputy CM had said the government could not give 100 per cent compensation to everyone and it was not possible anywhere for any government to compensate fully the affected people. Besides, serious differences had already cropped up between PDP and BJP over establishment of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), IIT and IIMCs. The Union Minister in PMO Jitendra Singh had even announced that AIIMS would first be set up in Jammu and then in Kashmir. In contrast to it, the Chief Minister had declared that the AIIMS, sanctioned by the BJP government during the Union Budget last year, would be set up in Kashmir. This is for the first time since the formation of government on March 1 that differences between two alliance partners have come in the open. 'We express deep disappointment on trivialising establishment of AIIMS, IIT and IIMCs in the state. Despite huge ideological and political differences, the PDP had joined hands with the BJP to give J&K a new direction under the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed whose vision is to bring people closer by bridging regional gaps within the state,' Bukhari said.