Mufti's 'hurriyat' comment: Rajnath says dissociate BJP, Govt from the row
Srinagar, March 2: The BJP on Monday disassociated itself from the controversial statements made by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed giving credit to Pakistan for the peaceful assembly election.
"Our government and BJP fully dissociates with the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed crediting Pakistan and Hurriyat for smooth conduct of assembly," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha.
He said the assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir had been held in a conducive atmosphere. "I want to give credit for this to the election commission, armed forces and paramilitary forces," he said.
"What I am saying, I am saying with deliberation and with consent of prime minister," Rajnath Singh said.
This after the Opposition created furore in both houses of the Parliament, terming Sayeed's comment as ‘anti-national'.
The Minister said there had been no secret talk between the prime minister and chief minister and no contentious issue was discussed.
"The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was sworn in yesterday in the presence of prime minister (Narendra Modi), L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP president Amit Shah... A press conference was held soon after in which the chief minister made a statement which was most controversial and hurt the nation," Congress leader Shantaram Naik said, raising the issue in the house.
"He said elections were peaceful because of the forces 'us paar' (on the other side). He indicated Pakistan. Then (he said) because of millitants and because of Hurriyat... He gave credit to these three for peaceful elections in Jammu and Kashmir," Naik said.
Opposition members were heard chanting "shame shame" as the Congress member said this.
"This statement is anti-national. BJP spokespersons immediately went into action to salvage the situation and said it is an 'untrue' statement. BJP was embarrased. I will also say this is a violation of oath of office. Within minutes (of taking oath) he is violation the oath by showing allegiance to certain forces which are anti-national," said Naik.
"Secondly what is the role of election commission. It is election commission and security forces and people of Jammu and Kashmir who made this election possible. J&K chief minister did not give credit to any of them."
He was joined by Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader K.C. Tyagi who said BJP has murdered the ideology of Syama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of BJP's predecessor Bharatiya Jana Sangh.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tried to salvage the situation, saying the credit for peaceful election goes to the people of the state more than anyone else.
"All I have to say is that people of Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Kargil have shown their respect for democracy and the way they participated in Lok Sabha and assembly elections, we salute them," Naqvi said.
"If credit goes to someone, it goes to the people first and election commission and the local and central security forces which helped in free and fair election," he said.
Within hours of taking oath as chief minister Sunday, Sayeed said: "There is Hurriyat, there are militants. If they had done something, it would not have been such an election, there would not have been such participation."
He also said that people from across the border also contributed to making the atmosphere conducive.
Sayeed also pitched for taking Hurriyat Conference and separatists on board in talks on the Kashmir problem.
(With agency inputs)