Breaking his silence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday disapproved of comments of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed giving credit to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants for smooth conduct of Assembly polls, saying such a statement cannot be supported.
“If somebody makes such a statement, we can never support it,” Modi said in Rajya Sabha, referring to the controversial remarks made by Sayeed who is heading a PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.
Members have been demanding Modi’s response to the remarks made by Sayeed soon after he was sworn-in on Sunday.
“If somebody makes a statement somewhere and we are forced to respond here, things will not work,” the Prime Minister said.
He asserted that his government “will move ahead with the policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism” and “all resolutions passed here (in Parliament) will be implemented in letter and spirit.”
Modi said the credit for the successful elections goes to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who “removed doubts” in the international community by turning up in large numbers with “overwhelming courage and pride” and “put their stamp of approval on what India had been saying all along”.
He underlined faith in people of Jammu and Kashmir while asserting his government’s commitment to unity and integrity.
On questions by some members whether BJP will pull out of the coalition government over the issue, Modi said the government will run only on the basis of Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
“I want to assure this House and 125 crores people of the country that the government formed in Jammu and Kashmir is based on the Common Minimum Programme and the government will run on its basis,” he said while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.