Mehbooba Mufti breaks her silence: CBMs for J&K must to form govt

Denying any differences with the BJP, she said her party wants an assurance about the implementation of the agenda of alliance not from the BJP but the Central government.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: February 3, 2016 8:12 am
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Keeping their cards close to their chest, the PDP and BJP, while maintaining that their alliance in Jammu and Kashmir will continue, put the onus on each other to take steps essential for the return of their government.

In her first public remarks on forming a government to end Governor’s rule imposed in the state after the death of her father and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed last month, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti set conditions for the BJP, saying the Centre must initiate J&K-specific confidence building measures (CBMs) to “create an atmosphere congenial for formation of the new government”.

Without going into details of what transpired at her meeting with Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhawan in Jammu, Mehbooba Mufti said: “Before a government is formed in coalition with the BJP, the Government of India should take certain J&K-specific CBMs to win over trust of the people so that the new government gets space to function. These CBMs should not be only Kashmir specific, but should also be related to Jammu and Ladakh regions.”

“Jammu and Kashmir is a different state, there are different challenges. In Jammu and Kashmir, there are several forces which need to be tackled. We need the Centre to be fully with us,” she said.

“I told the Governor that despite opposition, Mufti Sahib stitched an alliance with the BJP as he had a vision to take the state out of morass. Everybody including BJP was skeptical about it, but he went ahead since he had the welfare of the people and the state in his mind,’’ she said, adding that “Mufti Sahib used to say he was joining hands not with the BJP but billions of people of the country who had reposed faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.

“He (Sayeed) had a vision, experience and a lot of goodwill due to which he managed to deliver a lot during his ten-month government… I respect the commitment and vision of my father… I only want the Government of India to initiate state-specific CBMs to create an atmosphere congenial for formation of the new government.’’

Denying any differences with the BJP, she said her party wants an assurance about the implementation of the agenda of alliance not from the BJP but the Central government. “There are many challenges facing the state and the Central government needs to stand behind the new government like a rock,’’ she said.

A BJP delegation which also met the Governor — it included former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, state party president Sat Sharma and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma — said it was for the PDP to make the first move. Nirmal Singh said delay in election of the PDP legislature party leader was coming in the way of government formation. The formal process between them, he said, will begin once they elect their legislature party leader.

Asked about Mehbooba Mufti seeking J&K-specific CBMs from the Centre ahead of government formation, Singh said nothing has formally come to them so far. All these things, he said, can come up for discussion once the PDP elects its legislature party leader.

The agenda of alliance, he said, was already there for government functioning and nothing new would be added to it.

Before meeting the Governor, Singh, who had returned from Delhi after talks with the BJP brass, had met Mehbooba Mufti at the state guest house where she had convened a meeting of her senior party leaders.

“Our coalition still exists… I hope government formation takes place soon. But there is no timeframe set for it so far,” he said.

 

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    David
    Feb 2, 2016 at 7:58 pm
    As long as article 370 exists, Kashmir should be governed only with the tax revenue collected from the state. Why should rest of India should spend the tax payers money on this state that does not want to integrate with India.
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      Jay
      Feb 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm
      BJP should not give in to the blackmail of PDP. BJP has almost equal number of MLAs, so, the party should not be seen as junior partner rather should be treated as equal partner. PDP is not doing any fovour to BJP or to the centre by forming government. PDP can very well form government with the corrupt Congress and this will only embolden anti national elements. BJP should reject any strong arm tactics by PDP.
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        Harry Achari
        Feb 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm
        Next election she will lid if she continues dragging JK without government. NC could be a big winner may be along with BJP it will rule the state
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          Harry Achari
          Feb 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm
          She is different than mufti saheb. I am she can bot work with center although alliance ever shall form. She thinks center is that duck laying golden egg. Her comments were often pro stan. National conference is more nationalist than this separatist supporting PDP. Now she wants to blackmail with center. It is advisable for BJP to ignore Mehbooba and her PDP. Let governor rule the state until a reelection. As long as 370 exist it's just waste of money to help JK. I don't think the gets any income from there. Mehbooba is surely not an NDA partner. Let her think and just wait and if it takes long time to form the goevernment impose goveror rule
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            Kavi
            Feb 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm
            She is asking the central government to build the confidence of terrorists. Reject her.
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              MyTake
              Feb 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm
              These people are out again to blackmail others! That's the best politics they can do!
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                MyTake
                Feb 3, 2016 at 1:09 am
                Trying blackmail?
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                  Sam
                  Feb 3, 2016 at 6:51 am
                  What a joker. Why would Modi guarantee anything in state affairs. Modi is better off with the Governor ruling the state. He has better control.
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                    Arun
                    Feb 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm
                    Nehru should not have accepted JandK to be part of India. He should have rejected the offer for accession with India and let it be taken over by stan. He should have allowed the JandK Pandits go to stan. JandK has already consumed huge amount of India's resources.
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                      Sundar BN
                      Feb 4, 2016 at 6:07 am
                      is it true that there's a cry going around the castle, "we really don't need Kashmir in our daily lives. it should be quarantined and India should be insulated from its shenanigans by perhaps building a berlin wall around it" ?
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                        Karunakaran
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm
                        PDP must keep its eyes VERY wide open for the baniya contract. Baniya contract is made up sweet words and endearing smiles. And nothing written. Then it turns out that the baniyas have got hold of your 100% ets and resources! So baniya contract won't help the PDP.
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                          Karunakaran
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm
                          The most expensive non-military-use purchase in India since the time of independence is the Mumbai-Gujjuland Bullet train. India must pay Rs 98,000 crores. And don't forget the annual maintenance cost which could run into Rs 15,000 crores. Even the Rafale jets cost half as much. This mega project benefits only the Gujjus and not the rest of Indians. Should the rest of Indians pay for the Bullet train - the pet project of the photoshopped, selfie-hunting joker? Unfortunately all Indians will have to pay for the Gujjuland Bullet trian.
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                            Davis C.J
                            Feb 3, 2016 at 6:20 am
                            Mehabooba Mufty has given out enough signals implying that she is not interested in continuing the alliance with BJP. BJP seems stubbornly pursuing all pressure tactics to make her comply. Let us wait and see.
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                              kamath Ramesh
                              Feb 3, 2016 at 11:32 am
                              This lady and her party is just threatening BJP to gain more mileage. It is also true people believe such leaders as we have seen in Delhi and Bihar. BJP should not bend in front of such parties. In stead of giving specific instances where BJP has gone back from CMP, they are giving vague requirements. How can they insist nobody can speak on article 370 anywhere in India, how can they not say not to speak on beef if something is done illegal. CMP is restricted to implementation in JandK and not on speaking in JandK or in other part. As far as package is concerned it is wrong to expect entire amount will be given in cash to PDP. It is to spend on the devp projects over a period of time as the projects progress. It is not donation to her party but for projects of the state for its devp. She should wait and if the BJP do not fulfill their promise they are one who lose in the next election. Even if PDP forms govt with congress and NC where will they bring money from? If they can devp without centre's support why can't she do it now also.
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                                kulaputra kulaputra
                                Feb 3, 2016 at 12:53 am
                                CBM - Did I hear this term with reference to stan ?
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                                  kulaputra kulaputra
                                  Feb 3, 2016 at 12:52 am
                                  Yes, only Modi is allowed to use the train, not the rest of the country. It will become his personal property. Are you a Kha-ngress agent here ?
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                                    Manu USA
                                    Feb 3, 2016 at 3:51 am
                                    Her dad accepted the accord, now she wants something bigger, better and stronger? Modi should marry her, and then she be happy? What kind of urance she needs? She is worst than Jai Lalitha. She is new Mamta or Maya?
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                                      Manu USA
                                      Feb 3, 2016 at 3:56 am
                                      JandK is part of India. The article is a just gift to Abdualla by brother Nehru. Moti lal crook has done this all. He should not have done this.
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                                        madan gupta
                                        Feb 3, 2016 at 3:16 am
                                        पीडीपी किसी तजरबेकार को मुख मंत्री बनाए. जिस को पति ने छोड़ा है उस को क्यों जबरन लोगों पर थोपा जा रहा है. पीडीपी में बहुत काबिल और तजरबेकार हैं, तो को क्यों मोका दिया जा रहा है. इस के समर्थन से isis के झंडे लहराए जाते हैं.
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                                          Me Marathi
                                          Feb 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm
                                          Mufti's soul has hardly reached 71 virgin hu!!r!!s, And this cunning lady started business? Same happened in indira rajiv era. Even before indira's soul reacked firoz khan, rajiv was bubbling to get the power.
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                                            mohan
                                            Feb 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                                            Kashmiris are living like a frog in a well, happy with the cool surroundings around. They do not see what is going on outside, they just look in the mirror and praise themselves.
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