J&K New CM Mufti Mohammad in Controversy for Praising Pak, Hurriyat

Srinagar, March 02: A day after the PDP-BJP coalition government was formed in Jammu and Kashmir, new chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed landed in a fresh controversy by giving credits to Pakistan, Hurriyat and militant outfits for the smooth conduct of the assembly elections in the state.

Minutes after he took the oath as the CM of the coalition of government, Mufti Mohammad said that people from across the border allowed the elections to be held smoothly without any violence, or else the peaceful elections were not possible without their support.

He gave all the credits to the Hurriyat for allowing the democratic process to go ahead in the state.

However, the BJP central leadership disagreed with the statement and appreciated the election commission and the security forces for the peaceful elections.

The Congress hit out at Mufti terming the statement a cruel joke on the people of the state and the troops. Slamming Mufti, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the state was unfortunate. The coalition government gave all the credits to Hurriyat and militants but forgot the people of the state, EC, troops, for the smooth conduct of the historic polls.

He said that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the swearing-in ceremony yesterday, should clear their stand on this issue.

Taking on Mufti, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Pakistan, Hurriyat & Militants ALLOWED Peaceful conduct of elections, says Sayeed. I guess we should be grateful to their generosity (sic)".

"Dear @BJP4India. Please explain role of security forces & polling staff considering your CM just said, Pakistan allowed elections in J&K", he tweeted.

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