PM Modi breaks Silence over Release of Masarat Alam in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, March 09: Amidst uproar over the release of Jammu and Kashmir terrorist Masarat Alam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence and hit out at J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for the move that disturbed the entire country.

Intervening in the discussions on the issue in Lok Sabha, Modi said that Centre was not consulted and informed about the release of the Hurryat leader  Masarat Alam from Kashmir jail. He appealed to the members not to send a message that the political parties have a difference of opinion on national security and integrity.

He said that there was no reason that the government will maintain silence over the issue. He took on the opposition parties that created logjam in the House demanding explanation from the government, saying, "We lost Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. I request opposition parties not to teach us patriotism".

Reacting strongly on the statement of PM Modi, Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge expressed surprise that the Centre was not consulted what was going on in the Kashmir. "If you are not consulted, then why are you in alliance with PDP in J&K", he asked.

If BJP was not consulted while taking the decision to release the terrorist, the party should withdraw its support from PDP.

Intervening in the matter, BJP member Venkaiah Naidu appealed to the House not to make politics over the national matter.

Prior to Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh clarified the government's stand on the issue in Lok Sabha. He said that the government will never compromise on he issue of public safety and security.

Replying to House, he said that there are 27 criminal cases against Masarat Alam Bhat since 1995. He had been detained 8 times since February 2010 under Public Safety Act. Alam had played a prominent role in 2010 stone-throwing protests in which over 100 people died.

The House witnessed uproar in the morning over the serious issue with the opposition parties demanding a statement from the PM Modi. The House was adjourned till 11.30 am.

The opposition members cornered the government after the J&K government snubbed the BJP and released the dreaded terrorist Masarat Alam from the jail citing, no evidence against the separatist leader was found so far. 

Masarat Alam was in jail for four years for leading stone-throwing protests in the Kashmir Valley.

The release of the terrorist is a big embarrassment to BJP after the party extended its support to the PDP to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. In less than 10 days, PDP showed its attitude and ruled the state in its style.

Earlier, within an hour of taking oath as the CM, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had thanked the Pakistani people, the militants for allowing for a smooth conduct of the elections in the state. This had triggered criticism from opposition members in Parliament demanding a reply from the PM Modi.

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