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Mehbooba Mufti on valley unrest: Easy to become chief minister, tough to handle J-K

She said that during the ongoing protests, the government has had to take on not armed militants but “small children who had been put before us to confront”.

Written by Arun Sharma | Kot (domana) | Updated: September 10, 2016 9:14 am
mehbooba-mufti-759 Mehbooba at the launch of the ‘CM Scooty scheme’ for girl students from underprivileged sections, in Jammu Friday. PTI Photo

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday said it is easy to become the chief minister but “very difficult’’ to handle the state after that.

She said that during the ongoing protests, the government has had to take on not armed militants but “small children who had been put before us to confront”.

Asking what she could have done in the given scenario, Mehbooba said no other government could have performed better, and that under the circumstances her government “fulfilled its responsibility”.

“Today an elderly man going for dialysis, or a pregnant woman to a doctor, is not scared of police, CRPF or Army personnel, but of a 14- or 16-year-old with a stone in his hand,” Mehbooba said on the sidelines of an event to lay the foundation stone of a Govern-ment Degree College building on the outskirts of Jammu.

J&K, she said, is “not a normal state”, and “perhaps keeping this in mind” former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took “such a bold decision” of aligning with the BJP. “(PM Narendra) Modi-sahib also understood this, and the two joined hands,’’ she said.

Her critics, she said, forget that the issues of J&K cannot be solved by the CM of the PM but by the entire country, and that all parties need to join hands. “Things also depend on the attitude of Pakistan (towards India),” she added.

Pointing out that the situation was peaceful under the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, she said the dialogue process with Pakistan “unfortunately got stopped” when the UPA came to power in 2004.

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    Jawad
    Sep 10, 2016 at 4:15 am
    Now you understand it is easy to become chief minister. So please step down and let able person to be a chief minister.
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      Ashok Mazumdar
      Sep 10, 2016 at 2:06 am
      Pl learn from PM Modi and handle all the problems like him.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Start Man Ki Baat immediately on Radio Srinagar on weekly basis.
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        OmKar
        Sep 11, 2016 at 1:54 am
        You are part of mad cult of killing and disturbance making. Where there are Muslim in majority means no peace.
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          Patchai Tamizhan
          Sep 10, 2016 at 11:36 am
          IT is not the separatists, but the innocent people of Kashmir who are suffering. the Kashmir Muslims sent out all Hindus from the State and became Majority. these fellows are shamelessly coming to other States of India and doing business (mainly handicrafts and garments). they are shameless really
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            Ravi Kumar
            Sep 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm
            Oh. Now she realises this. How nice of her.
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